Oh, the awkward moments of transition. While Transman’s dad didn’t reject him when Transman came out, the old fella has dealt with the change by not dealing with it. The fact that they don’t see each other more than twice a year helps him ignore the changes Transman has gone through.
Transman recently got a new phone number so he called his father’s house to update them. Transman’s stepmother answered the phone and they chit-chatted a bit–Transman asked her about her trip to see family in the Midwest, her job, and her son who lives in the same town. She said, “well, he’s right here,” and handed the phone to her son.
This was a little weird because Transman has only met the guy a couple of times and really never talked to him, so Transman just asked how everyone was doing and explained again that he was calling to give them his new number.
“Who is this again?” Step-brother asked.
“This is Dad’s youngest, Transman.”
“Oh, okay. Well, take care buddy-boy.”
Transman hung up, a little baffled, but just shrugged it off to the normal dysfunction of his family. Transman knows his dad is uncomfortable with the transition, and isn’t surprised his father hasn’t told anyone in his home town what the deal is.
Well, it turns out that Stepmom didn’t recognize his voice. Granted, they hadn’t talked in a month or so, but Transman didn’t realize his voice was all that different. Perhaps he is the Velvet Fog 2.0 or something.
And, it also turns out that Stepmom has been watching too much Jerry Springer or something because she immediately suspected Transman’s father of having a secret family.
Transman’s dad called a few hours later to clear things up and discover the identity of his mystery child.
“Oh, it’s you,” he said when Transman answered the phone.
“Yeah,” Transman said. “I was just calling to give you my new phone number and check on you guys.”
“Well, why’d you say you were my son? They thought I’d been holding out on them!”
Transman didn’t bother to correct his father and point out that he had said, “youngest,” and not “son.” The damage had been done. Instead, he changed the conversation to the books he’d sent his father.
“Why’d you go and do that?!” his father asked.
“Well, you’d said you were out of books,” Transman said.
“I know,” Transman’s father grumbled.
They wrapped up the conversation and said their goodbyes.
Transman gets that his father is embarrassed and disappointed that Transman has swapped genders, but Transman doesn’t feel like it is his job to inform people he rarely sees about the change. He can’t help it that his father hasn’t felt comfortable enough to tell friends or the adult children of his spouse. It’s also not his problem that Stepmom immediately jumped to the conclusion that his father had illegitimate children coming out of the woodwork.