March 23, 2009
I stepped into the 21st century recently and got a smart phone. No, not an iPhone, a Samsung Windows Mobile phone. While at the Verizon store, I saw someone who I had worked with a ton, but hadn’t seen in a while. Let’s call her “Sue”.
I walked up to her, big smile, and said “Hey Sue, how are you? Long time no see!”
She looked at me, looked around, looked past me for the person who said that, and then looked at me, straight in the eye and said
“I’m sorry…. I don’t know you.”
“Really? It’s Megan, we used to work together.”
Both a little scared and annoyed: “No, really. I don’t know who you are.”
The dude behind the counter was listening now. Very interested. I didn’t want to out myself like this, so I leaned over to Sue, and whispered to her
“Sue, it’s Michael. I transitioned.”
I leaned back and smiled warmly, as Sue is just a super nice person, and I felt bad that I had surprised her.
Her face quickly changed from blank to a huge smile, and she cocked her head to the side, and put her arms up to give me a big hug, which I obliged.
“You look great!”
“Thanks…. “ sheepishly… “you didn’t know?”
“No, no one told me….”
We caught up a little, she had to run, I had to run. We later friended on Facebook.
I still see Michael when I look in the mirror, I guess that’s not the case for most everyone else.
Happy and Sad.