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Midweek pick-me-up.

May 14, 2009

Part of the NYT’s Modern Love series: ‘Maddy’ Just Might Work After All
This is an absolutely wonderful story about a father who transitioned to female, and how much her sons love their “maddy”. Read the whole thing for a bunch of warm fuzzies.

“We can’t keep calling you ‘Daddy,’ ” he said. “If you’re going to be a girl. It’s too weird.”

“Well,” I said to my sons. “My new name is Jenny. You could call me Jenny.”

Zach laughed derisively. “Jenny? That’s the name you’d give a lady mule.”

I tried not to be hurt. “O.K., fine. What do you want to call me?”

“I know,” he said. “Let’s call you Maddy. That’s like, half Mommy, and half Daddy. And anyhow, I know a girl at school named Maddy. She’s pretty nice.”

His younger brother, Sean, who was 5, said, “Or Dommy.’

We all laughed. Even Sean. Dommy! What a dumb name for a transsexual parent!

After the hilarity died down, I nodded. “Maddy might work,” I said.

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