As I write this, it’s March 21… or as is also known on the 2017 calendar, the 2nd day of spring! Yeah, I’m a bit excited about it. Well, more reserved than excited. I mean, it’s great that the days are getting longer, which really perks up a person. But since I live in Wisconsin, my enthusiasm has to be tempered a little bit, since winter has a tendency to reel right back and bite us in the *ahem* backside when we least expect it, even if winter can be as relatively tame as the now concluded winter was here in Wisconsin. Today was a reminder that spring takes its time pushing winter to the past: Sure, it was mostly bright and sunny, but the wind was brisk and the chill was present. I’m not one to regularly check the thermometer, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the temperature didn’t rise above 45 degrees.
Aside from the longer days, another thing about spring… well, this spring anyway, that I am anticipating is the possibility of dressing up and going out in public as Allison a little more. I mentioned in the past that I’ve been one to dare to venture out en femme in the chillier months. As I’ve gotten a little bit older, I’ve realized that maybe I’m not that brave any more, relegating those self-dares of presenting Allison for the spring, summer, and even the nicer days of autumn (an example of that can be found in the video at this post).
Of course, that doesn’t mean I no longer dress up and leave the house in the winter. I mean, I’ve begun attending crossdresser support meetings the past few months, and those occurred on rather chilly Friday nights. It has made me appreciate and applaud my fellow CDs and transgender sisters even more than I already have. They are braving something that can be even worse than winter — that is, the cruelty of an unforgiving, unappreciative, closed-minded world. Compared to that, a night with 20-below-zero wind chills and/or a foot of snow is like conquering an ant hill (perhaps a bad analogy on my part there, but please understand the point I’m trying to express).
But at least we’ve conquered this winter and enter spring. And I’m beginning to look forward to some warmer-weather opportunities to present Allison to the world, even if it’s just one corner of the world that will be very supportive already. Hope whoever you may be, your spring will be one worth anticipating.