One of the fascinating positives I have learned about my partner (Liz) is how many interests she has which off set mine. First of all, she can do all the things I can't like sing, draw and craft items. She works with jewelry, necklaces and knitting pieces too. I can't carry a tune, can't draw stick figures and would injure myself knitting.
Although, I have enough interests to go around, on occasion I feel a little bad or even behind when she asks to go places which feature any kind of art. I have always fancied myself as a person who could appreciate art but then get lost in the ideas. Plus I am totally in awe of anyone who has artistic ability. An example was a weekend or so ago when we had a chance to go to a mini art viewing in a craft brewery. Talk about ideal! Of course I said yes. One of the artists was a tall blond who locked eyes with me for a moment. Of course I wondered if she read me as trans and I was wondering how she got that tall. The meeting of the eyes was brief and she went about her business and I went about finding the beer...priorities.
Look, I do appreciate the work an artist puts into their pieces but I'm always trying to prove to Liz I'm not such an uncultured hillbilly girl from Southern Ohio after all and recently I had a prime chance.
Pamela Ann Reed (right) is a transgender artist from Columbus, Ohio who is on the cusp of getting her work into a few major shows. I have corresponded with Pamela in the past on Facebook primarily since we live so close to each other.
|Pamela's Art Sample|
Always being the one to attempt to turn a negative into a positive. (I'm used to screwing up and shoving my foot into my mouth.) I thought immediately of how fascinated Liz would be with her work. For once I could bring class and culture to the relationship! Yay! I asked Pamela about meeting Liz and she graciously said sure and why wait until the end of May when Trans Ohio happens.
So, as soon as we get out from under this nasty Polar Vortex winter cycle, it turns out Liz and I have a vortex of fun we can do. Other than visiting Pam, we need to try to get down towards Lexington, Kentucky and have coffee with transgender author Bobbie and her wife.
I'll make a believer out of Liz yet! Jimmy Buffet tickets just went on sale for his legendary summer concert in Cincinnati and rumor has it I may be more of a parrot head than a regular orchestra concert goer....maybe all of this will help me be a balanced person!