And becomes a girl.
And I am not sure I am happy about this change.
She studies me critically while I comb my hair in the mornings now, while I dress. She inserts comments. She instructs me that it is time, for instance, that I shaved my legs, for heaven's sake, what am I waiting for, Hanukkah?
This morning, standing beside me in the bathroom while I cleaned my teeth, she said, "Mom."
Recently she has taken to that, too: Mom, not Mama. I disapprove, and not only because I did so like Mama: also because the "Mom" comes with a little tone to it. As in "Mom, I'm only telling you this for your own good." Did I mention she was getting mouthy lately?
I spat. "What, you?"
"There is fuzz under your arms," she said, severely.
"There is, in fact," I say.
"Why are you growing hair under your arms?"
I resist the urge to say, in Snarky Mama guise, Because I'm turning into a werewolf. So many fine moments are ruined by our inability to pay for nine more months of therapy. "Because it's winter. I don't shave in the winter. No one can see it in the winter except Daddy. And he likes it."
This is TMI, and she flinches away from it. She has entered latency, and S-E-X (which is how she refers to it, S-E-X) appalls her now. "AAAGH!" she says, when anything vaguely sex related comes on TV. "S-E-X! Call me when it's over!").*
"That looks funny on girls," she informs me instead, still very firmly. "Hair under the arm."
I eye her in the mirror. "First," I say, "I am not a girl. I am a woman. Second, what are you, the Junior Enforcer for the Patriarchy Brigade? Where's your Badge, miss?"
"Blah, blah, blah," she says, and runs away.
"Would you give it a rest with the patriarchy bit?" mr. delagar says from the bedroom.
"When I'm dead," I say, rinsing my toothbrush cheerily.
*I think many Far-Right Christian Wingers are still in latency, btw. As evidence I submit how hysterical they got about the season premiere of Battlestar Galatica, because it had -- gasp -- S-E-X in it! No! Not that! Go see Jimmy Akin's site, with the comments, for an example.
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