Starts a trip without me,
Beats me at Scrabble,
Says “they” for friends,
Written around 17/08/2017
I remember the shock I felt a few years ago when I idly suggested a game of Scrabble with my mum, and had a hard time keeping ahead on the scoreboard. My mum’s first language is Cantonese, and has read, written and spoken in English since a young age). I think my brain just doesn’t like Scrabble. Excuses!
Since my dad passed away, she has taken giant steps (figuratively, mainly). Sometimes she becomes impatient waiting for me to be ready to leave the house to go somewhere together, and she just left. I was pretty upset when that happened. She says its because she walks slower than me, but I keep thinking its a race.
I’m very proud that my mum uses the “they” pronoun for people. She needs a lot of reminding and to be honest, she often forgets and becomes irritated when reminded, but (although both trans and non trans people on both sides might wonder why it has to be such a big deal, I think it’s some kind of an accomplishment for a cis person to take on the pride in pronouns.
She has a selection of favoured comedy shows, the themes of which can be heard blaring out through the house. It drives me insane, but I put the headphones on, write songs about how irritating I find it, or plan to regale her with a medley of all the tunes someday.