By Teresa H.
Today I needed to check out new bedding for my redecorated bedroom in a large out of town store. I found something suitable in the bedding department and headed downstairs intending to go straight home, then I remembered a 20% voucher in my handbag so I took a quick look round the clothing section. In the UK we have a brand called Klass with more budget items called Anna Rose. I was looking at a nice top marked M, so I asked a SA to confirm M usually means UK size 14 but some retailers also suggest 16. She was really helpful in showing me suitable skirts and trousers to go with the top. Our conversation flowed into the lovely range of items in the Klass range and how much she had bought because of her staff discounts. She stopped for a moment so I interrupted by saying, “when are you going to wear them?” So she said, “Precisely I have a wardrobe full of lovely clothes but being a widow I don’t get many chances to dress up”. She smiled then added, “but after five years I’m going to Turkey for a week with a good friend” . So I thought for a moment and said , “You know what we need, an all dressed up and nowhere to go club!” She smiled and said, “That’s a brilliant idea”, and with that she called a couple of SAs over and told them. I was really looking for a lightweight summer jacket so I left them chattering over the idea. After a few minutes searching I found a smart, neat semi-waterproof one in white and popped it on to show them, they thought it looked great then added that I also needed something a little smarter for when we start the club! I wished the lady all the best for her holiday and headed for the checkout desk.
On my way home I couldn’t help smiling at the irony of the situation, so many CDers/transgender people are stuck in the closet all dressed up and nowhere to go. On the other hand I’ve heard so many women complain about the same problem of having a wardrobe bulging with lovely clothes with very few chances to enjoy wearing them.
The leading question is do I pursue the idea not within the transgender community but with GGs, obviously the need is there.
I could add a postscript to this story concerning trips out with GGs. Carol who sits next to me in my painting group was telling about a trip her WI group had taken with a local bus company to the Norfolk Broads. The problem is the bus company has a minimum number restriction so would I be interested if they needed to make the numbers up in the future? I told her I would be delighted. Well it was a twist I never expected.
Editorial comment: This is indeed a great idea! Maybe set something up on Meetup.com. As you know, I am done herding the cats, but maybe someone who, let’s say is retired, could step away from a life of leisure and create something like this. If only I knew someone like that…..