"Night baby. Sorry u have to go through this," was the goodnight text I received.
I have been told by others that a person going through the transition will be the most selfish they could ever be. It's not on purpose, or vengeful, it's just a rite of passage.
Yesterday, I really got to see what this means.
I don't even want to look at my swollen eyes yet. Let me have my coffee first, then I can sift through the rubble and see what crying myself to sleep has resulted in.
I usually get an I love you text from Papi at the days end, but all I got was an apology. I was torn to pieces so small I felt I could vanish. I felt all the words I'd said prior were ripped in half and then again to shreds, so they no longer exist.
The tears rolled as I let a piece of myself fall to the pillow where I laid. I just wished to have my veins crimped so as to stop the flow of oxygen.
please just let me disappear
I wrote back, "Take the ring." I'll find another way to have my jaw surgery. I've got a year to save. It will be fine, and Papi is really good at paying off credit cards.
The money isn't the reason for my tears. I know we'll both get what we need.
The tears fell because I know I now have to step aside and allow my love to do whatever is needed. If I stand as an obstacle in any way, shape or form, I will be the resentment in a marriage.
Papi needs me to be the caretaker after the surgery, but after taking 2 years off work from the motorcycle accident, then another 4.5 months from a simple fall at work, my neck is already on the chopping block.
If I take anymore time off work that isn't scheduled, the Americans will rub their hands together with glee, in anticipation of axing one more full time worker.
Then I won't have braces, never mind jaw surgery.
Ergo, I can't take care of my love if the top surgery is done anywhere other than right here in our city.
I could feel Papi's resentment of this already. That my love couldn't get what was wanted right here, right now.
I feel I'm the one holding back mi esposo. I am the irritant that created Papi's ire. I am the massive boulder in the path of an addict who always get their way. My love is not used to thinking about the other half and admitted so in a text.
I believe this is what hurt the most. That my love would have had this done yesterday if it weren't for that pesky little marriage in the way.
This truly is a time of 'it's all about me' for Papi. I really have to respect that I am not in the equation. I must step aside and allow my love to do whatever is needed.
There will be no room to fight for my importance right now. I see it.
Why this is so hard, is there is a second addict in this relationship that wants what they want as well.
All I want is a normal, "I love you, goodnight," text. It's just what I want.
Instead, I got an apology and then, "I think San Fransisco is the best bet."
I am so small.
The transgendered person's world is so large.
I am a shadow in an afterthought.