That Transitioned Quickly

| Friendly | May 17, 2017

(I am on the train home after shopping. There is a woman sat opposite me. She’s looking extremely nervous and embarrassed. We lock eyes. I am male.)

Woman: “Sorry, stomach ache.”

Me: “Time of the month?”

(She looks embarrassed but she nods. I open my shopping bag and take a tampon out of a box.)

Me: “Here.”

(She takes it but immediately hands it back.)

Woman: “No, thank you. I don’t like you transsexuals.”

(We both get up as we near our station.)

Me: “Actually, I’m not trans. My wife is on her period and she’s run out.”

Woman: “Oh, well in that case…”

(She extends her arm, expecting me to offer the tampon again.)

Me: “No, I think I’ll hold on to this. You might not like trans people, but I do.”

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