|Okay, fine, it's me.|
Tilly, of course, was a little uncomfortable with all of this and declined to comment further. What I know of the conversation came from Catherine rather than from Tilly. Indeed, beyond acknowledging that she had seen the pictures Tilly has never spoken of the conversation at all. Obviously she was unconvinced by the whole thing and has not yet pursued any of the avenues that were opened by Catherine. But Catherine has persisted and, as documented in these records, has raised the whole thing a few times since. She wants a beard and so I suppose it follows that she is fascinated by my own sojourns into bending the genders.
There is also the revelation, if it can be called that, sparked by being at a birthday party today. Girlie and the Boy were invited to a party held by another homeschooling family. Chaos reigned. But not in the sense that one usually associates with chaos. There was a controlled edge to it, the eldest girl, big sister to the birthday girl, and the Girlie get on like a house on fire, despite the five year age gap. The Girlie behaves in a manner that befits someone contemporary to the elder sister and they run the show together, with Girlie enjoying a hierarchical position above the eldest boy, who is actually second in power to the middle brother of the birthday girl's family. It was all very fascinating to watch and to see the interaction between children of different ages and different situations within families. What struck me, however, was the similarity it had with another birthday that I attended as a child. At a house I have mentioned before. Maybe that was where the memory of having my hair brushed came from and the scene of a mother brushing the hair of a blonde girl. Perhaps the confusion comes from the fact that both occurred and occurred there during a birthday party. It would explain a lot.
So... Do I tell Catherine how much what she did was appreciated? I do not believe that I have in the past. Is it worth that? Hmm.