“The glance has been so much abused in love romances that it has finally fallen into disrepute. One hardly dares to nowadays, that two beings fell in love because they looked at each other. That is the way people do fall in love, nevertheless, and the only way. The rest is nothing, but the rest comes afterwards. Nothing is more real than these great shocks which two souls convey to each other by the exchange of that spark.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, referring to the love between Cosette and Marius.
And it’s true. Eleven years ago today, I gathered up all the nerve that I could muster and drove from Morristown, TN to Knoxville, TN to attend a support group for transgender people.
I arrived a bit early and was smothered with attention by the regular attendees: “What is your name?”, “What do you do for a living?”, “Are you sure you’re trans?”
Eventually, the group settled down to start their meeting. I was so nervous and questioned myself being there. However, I had come this far and needed to give it all I could.
The moderator spoke briefly about SRS, Sex Reassignment Surgery, and informed us we had a guest speaker that recently come in from Wisconsin to speak to us about SRS. This “expert” had not yet arrived and was running late. Finally, she arrived. As she sashayed into the room and took her seat. I was immediately blown away. I was smitten by this angel. It was Jaime.
It’s hard to believe eleven years has passed.
I did not know how happy I could be until I fell in love with Jaime. Through each passing day we grow closer and closer. She fills every hole in my soul. She anticipates my every want and need. She is the most giving, caring and compassionate person that I know.
I love you Jaime Combs!