Facing My Deepest Fears
I first got to know my future husband when Alan and I were in elementary school. He had a lot of good-looking girls who liked him, but he liked me best of all.
We began dating in ninth grade. I remember thinking in my silly mind, I really don't like him! But that was a defense; it seemed like anytime someone really liked me, I'd say that. He was so level-headed, always saving for the future. I'd think, What a bore! But after college when I began to see some of the realities of life, I realized these things in Alan were wonderful characteristics. I began to love him more and
- Willa Medinger
Silent no more
As long as I remember, I was different and in South Africa where I grew up, there is a myth: if you walk under a rainbow it will change your sex. I tried running under every rainbow I saw! My parents once admitted to me they had wanted a boy; when I came out as a girl, they often treated me as a boy. I wasn’t angry with this because I actually wanted to be a boy.
As a child, my parents fought a lot. My dad was easily angered. I was told I pushed my father away since I was four. Growing up, I always felt uneasy around men.
We attended church on Sundays. Our church didn’t teach
July 20, 2016 - Wilna van Beek