By Trish White
[Editorial comment: Trish and I have never met, although we have talked and emailed back and forth. You can also see she has commented here frequently. She is the lady I helped with my Open Letter to Our Wives. As she sent me a few emails for this post, the thing that stuck me most, her smile. It is radiant! And that ladies, is what it is all about! Okay I’ll shut up now and let Trish have the floor.]
As you see this is the Cornbury Society dinner party I attended in late November the last pic of me was the following day in Kamloops. I made it back from Vancouver in time to meet my local girl friend at our favourite pub for happy hour. I was so excited to go to this dinner party I was just beside myself. All the dinner parties are themed and the theme for the one I attended was ‘little black dress’. When I saw that on their email I just had to go. The dress I was wearing is one of my favourites. All the girls there were so welcoming and friendly and I felt right at home with all of them almost right away and I had a wonderful time getting to know them all. I can’t wait for the next dinner.
Part 2 of Trish’s Vancouver adventures was actually the first girl get together I attended in Vancouver in late October. It was a luncheon so it was a 4 hour drive down and a four hour drive back and not including the luncheon and it was the most exciting time in this girl’s life. I’m 72 and started cross dressing when I was 5, so it was a very lonely, introverted life I lead full of lies, hiding things and depression. But that all changed for me and you know why. The actual best thing about this luncheon had nothing to do with lunch. I was almost to the restaurant and had to go….badly, too much coffee on the way down. So I found a Tim Horton’s in Langley and rushed inside, past everybody and down to the washroom which was locked. So I went back to the counter and asked the girl if I needed a key for the facilities and she said “no, I’ll just buzz you in”. On my way I was thinking which door will be buzzing, the men’s or the ladies’? I turned the corner and the ladies was buzzing loudly, I smiled as I went in. Then on my way out I stopped at the counter and ordered a coffee to go, she smiled and gave it too me and I gave her a big smile back. As I was about to exit a man was coming in, saw me leaving, and quickly turned around gave me a big smile and opened the door for me. I gave him an equally big smile and thanked him. What a great way to start my first day meeting my new girl friends.
From there it was a short trip to the restaurant. One of the Gurls in the Burbs founding members was outside waiting for me to show up, That made me feel so good and welcomed right away. Once inside Candace and I sat together and she introduced me to all the girls and they all warmly welcomed me and made me feel I was a part of the group right away. So over lunch and drinks I got to know them all pretty well and it was feeling like family more and more. I wasn’t looking forward to the drive back and not just because if was 4 hours to home but more because I had to leave my new friends so soon. They let me know that in the spring they spend 3 days in Kelowna in April, right after Easter doing wine tours, shopping, make overs and of course drinks and probably one night clubbing. So I really have something exciting to look forward to in 2023.
All of this Kandi from you sending me a letter that has literally changed my life [false modesty by your genial host….] and I will be eternally grateful for what you’ve done for my wife and I. She is at this point still not interested in meeting Trish or joining Trish at any of these events. But you know, after how my life has changed I can really see the possibility of it actually happening. If it does I’ll be ecstatic and if it doesn’t I will still feel blessed for what I have and for being fortunate enough to have met you.