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But even more than that, thank you for sharing about your experiences of adoption and race. I grew up in a community where many people had adopted, many transracially, and as a queer woman i expected that I would adopt kids someday. You writing has added complexity and (appropriate) difficulty to my thoughts about all of that. Thank you for helping me be a better human and potential parent someday.
(And also probably Can Get It. Butch people are pretty dang attractive.)
I clearly Have Some Feelings About This.)
My college roommate knew how much I hated possums and bought a stuffed animal possum sold at Cracker Barrel (the greatest of the fine establishment's crimes). She then proceeded to hide it in various locations for the next several months: the trunk of my car, in my backpack, under the covers in my bed. You'd think it wouldn't be creepy because it was just a stuffed animal, but it had the right " ONE POINT FIVE CATS" size and "slithery nude little shit-tail" and was horrifying. EVERY. TIME.
My first job out of college, I seized upon the Christmas white elephant gift exchange as they ideal opportunity to get rid of it once and for all. It was the prized/most-stolen gift, and I rejoiced that it had at last benefited me in social capital, the dastardly thing.
A week later, I yelped in horror as I rounded the corner in the coat closet, to find it hanging there from its little shit-tail, and realized that I had inflicted it upon myself in a whole new context.
And that is my possum story.
Possums: they're horrifying even when stuffed animals.