"Father, did you put lipstick on Leslie while we were in the kitchen?"
"No Bobbie, why don't you ask Leslie while I begin removing his rollers."
"Well Leslie if Daddy didn't do it, did you?"
"No Bobbie, when I heard you were having a boys' slumber party here, well, Mommie and I decided we wanted to have one too and well, Mommie suggested it might be fun."
"Bobbie, as Leslie's Mommie, I and Leslie's sister, Kathy had noticed that Leslie liked to watch us do certain girl things and I was the one who suggested that Leslie might like to be pretty just like the Smithson women. We took some darling photos which maybe Leslie will show you boys sometime."
"Janet, as the boys' mom I can attest, we also have some really interesting photos of the boys dating back to when they were little boys."
"Oh Betsy, I'd love to see them and maybe Leslie could see them too."
"Leslie it appears now that I have all but the last couple of rollers out that your hair-do will be more of a curled under bob like your mother's rather than my pageboy."
"I'm afraid that's my fault Mr. Jackie. I guess I subconsciously gave him the same style I'm wearing. I hope it's okay."
"Oh Janet, it's very understandable. I think it's natural for a loving mother to want her special boy to take after her."
"No Leslie, here's the last roller. Maybe you can keep it as a memento."
"Now Leslie honey, remember what you did with your curlers as I placed them in your hair last night. That's right. Show the Wilson's."
"Oh how sweet, kissing his curler. What a good idea. Kevie, Bobbie, what do you think about that?"
"I like it mother so do I But didn't Leslie get maybe a bit of lipstick on it?"
"Maybe but Leslie and his mother can take care of that after we do is comb out."
"Now Leslie, I'm going to begin by breaking up the curls a bit with my brush and then we'll do a bit of back combing to begin to form your bob. Does that feel good?"
"OOOOH it reeeallly does Mr. Jackie."
"Jack, why don't you tell Janet how you got started in beauty school and a bit about how we met?"
"Janet, we met when I was finishing at beauty school and Betsy came in to be a model for another hairdresser, a mutual friend and well, she ended up liking the hair-do I was working on so at a later time she made an appointment for me to do her hair. And the rest is history."
"Well Honey, it wasn't quite that cut and dried. You remember I had seen you after your partner had done your make-up and you still had your rollers in. Well Janet, he was sooo cute! So at first I thought he was a female hairdresser until my friend told me. Well, I just had to meet him."
"Now Leslie, we have nice volume in your bob and I need to spray some Aqua Net to make your pretty new style secure. Now you can look in a mirror. What do you think?"
"Oh Mr. Jackie, it looks just like Mommie's. I reeeeaaaly love it!!!"
"Jackie, I just love Leslie's look. He's so, well, pretty and we now can be mother and son twins. Thank you soooo much!!!!"
"Now Leslie, before Mommie leaves to go shopping we need to freshen your lips. Give Mommie your lipstick from your purse, please. There now, and give Mommie a kiss. Mommie loves you this way. Remember to thank Mr. Jackie before I pick you up."
"Oh thank you Mr. Jackie, could I give you a special cheek kiss Mommie taught me?"
"Why thank you Leslie, you're such a sweet boy. Now are you ready to become Mr. Leslie and help with my boys comb-outs?"
"OOOOOH yeees, I really am."
First Attempt 18"
"Mr. Leslie, do you remember what the boys' bouffant hairstyle looked like from the hairstyling magazine yesterday?"
"Yes Mr. Jackie."
"Then you know we're going to create lots of volume in the boys' hair. With this style we're going to do a lot of back-combing, fluffing, arranging and spraying. But first I want for you to watch me as I do Kevie's and then you do the exact same thing with Bobbie's. Okay?"
"Yes, Mr. Jackie but I'm a little nervous. I hope I don't make a mistake."
"Don't worry sweetie, I'll be right here to help direct you. First let's begin by taking out the boys' curlers like this. Yes, remove the pin then gently unroll just like I just did. Very good Mr. Leslie, now see how springy and stiff the hair feels. Oh Mr. Leslie, that is so sweet of you to kiss Bobbie's first curler. I bet I know something else all four of us would like. First I'm going to come around in front of Kevie and give him a gentle kiss on the cheek to thank him for letting me be his beautician today. And notice I'm very to careful not to get too much of my lipstick on him. There."
"Thank you too, Daddy."
"Now Leslie, give Bobbie a sweet gentle kiss. Very good but now take your finger and gently rub your lipstick print into Bobbie's cheek. Very nice."
"Thank you Mr. Leslie. You're so nice."
"Now that the boys' curlers are all out watch while I begin to break up the hair stiffness with my hands and brush. Very good. Now the next part is trickier so I may have to do most of the back-combing and pouffing but I want you to do the first bit before I take over. Yes, with your brush you hold his hair up and then with short strokes you pouf it back down then repeat."
"Very good Mr. Leslie, we're almost ready for the final spray. But watch this. I'm going to form the last little side curl next to Kevie's ear. There. More spray. It's kind of like a little kiss curl that will set off Kevie's earrings when he puts them on. Now you try it on Bobbie. Why Mr. Leslie, that's just beautiful. Did you enjoy your comb-out?"
"Oh yeeeees, I reeeally did"!
"Okay boys, it's time to go get changed into your new outfits. You both look so pretty. I bet Grandfather and Grandmother are going to love your hair. And if you have trouble buttoning each other have your sister help you. You will need her for the bows."
"Daddy, do you want Leslie to see us like that? I mean, well he's wearing shorts and---."
"Yes, Honey it will be fine. Your mother cleared it with Mrs. Smithson."
"Leslie, while the boys are changing would you like to know how I became interested in going to beauty school? I do think you show great potential to follow in my foot steps and I'm sure it would please your mother."
"Oh yes, I am really interested."
"Well Leslie when I was quite a young boy I found I liked playing with my sisters and they being girls well, we did play dress-up and as we grew older it evolved into playing beauty parlor. I never liked rough boy games but one day my mother noticed I was better at beauty parlor than my sisters so she encouraged me in that direction."
"What did your father think? Did he like it?"
"No, he didn't and frankly he was very uncomfortable with his only son doing girl things. But my mother was very encouraging and openly supportive and since she pretty much ruled the roost in our family my father just had to struggle with what was happening."
"But I thought I heard you say the boys' grandfather say he would love the boys hair."
"Oh he does now. He's completely supportive of all of our family's feminine ways."
"Mr. Jackie, what changed him?"
"Well one day he came home from work when I was about 15 and found my mother and I in matching hair-styles, dresses, and make-up having afternoon tea with some of mother's women friends. Well, it was just more than Daddy could take and in front of everybody he just burst into tears and just bawled like a baby. It embarrassed mother so much and angered her she marched Daddy up stairs and after we heard him stop crying, well all I could hear was Mother talking. But about 15 minutes later she brought daddy back down stairs and she had him wearing a house dress and she'd fixed his hair with ribbons tied in bows and put lipstick on him. Then, under her direction, Daddy apologized to the women and to me also. I later learned Mother had slowly eroded Daddy's masculinity and then broke him as a man."
"You mean he's like, well kind of effeminate?"
"Much more Leslie, he's totally feminized. And what's more he loves it this way and he and Mother are much happier. We realize we're an unusual family but it's how we like to be and how we function best."
"Mr. Jackie, is your daddy a real woman?"
"No Honey, he's a man but a very feminine and happy one. And he has my mother and even me a little bit to thank."
"Oh here come the boys."
"OOOOOOHH Kevie, Bobbie!!!!!!!!!!"
"Leslie, how do you like the boys' dresses?"
"OH, they're so pretty. And you're both wearing make-up!"
"Oh Leslie, I think I hear your mother's car. Let's invite her in so she can see the boys' hair while I go change."
First Attempt 19"
"Oh come in Janet. I'm so glad I was able to get you on your cell. You just have to see the boys. They took Leslie upstairs briefly to show him something and Jackie is in the middle of changing from his hair dressing smock."
"Betsy, I can't thank you and Jack enough for spurring Leslie's new interests. Frankly, my husband, daughter, and I have been observing Leslie's tendencies for some time and we've tried to subtly move him that way but I think he's been afraid to be seen as un-boyish. And just then we have the wonderful opportunity for Leslie to participate in HAIR DAY and then so much more. Leslie and I were able to spend the most wonderful and gratifying evening together last night and I feel we owe it all to you. If there's EVER anything we can do don't hesitate to ask."
"Janet, believe me both Jackie and I could see your beautiful boy had all the tendencies and all the makings of a well, let's just say it: A BEAUTIFULLY FEMININE BOY. I know most families would maybe not approve but I also suspect there are lots of young suppressed boys out there just waiting to blossom. Your Leslie certainly seems to."
"Oh Janet, here come the boys now."
"Oh my wonderment! Kevie, and Bobbie, you are both just beautiful with your matching party dresses and your beautiful bouffant hair. Oh Betsy, can I get a few pictures so I can show Gerald and Kathy?"
"Certainly. Smile now boys. Very pretty."
"Betsy, did Jack do the boys make-up? It certainly is pretty and not too overdone."
"No the boys did it themselves. Jack has been working with them on that. Did you know he used to teach week-end courses to mothers and their teen and preteen daughters on hair and make-up?"
"Oh here comes Jack. Honey, Janet would like to see you."
"Oh Jack, you are just the most stunning man. Beauty is certainly not wasted on the Wilson's I can see. And your dress and make-up, well, does it match your boys?"
"Yes, Janet, all but the hair. I know the bouffant style is a little elaborate for normal day wear for my boys but my mother in particular likes that style on them. In fact, she'll likely have hers styled the same way. And before you got here I was telling Leslie a little story of how my mother converted my father from an insecure shallow chauvinist to quite the feminine enthusiast he has become. In fact, it wouldn't be too surprising that we find father wearing the same hairstyle as mother and the boys. But everyone, it's about time to go. Boys, go tell Judy we're ready."
"Janet, it's so nice to see you again. I hope I get to meet your husband soon."
"Oh Jack, I'll make sure of it. Leslie, it's time to go. Why don't you give the Wilson men one last thank you kiss, yes a cheek kiss."
"Okay Leslie, before we leave please get your lipstick out of your purse. I think Mommie needs to do your lips."
"Oh thank you Mommie. That looks better."
After they are in the car and on the way home
"Mommie, now tell me about all the packages in the back seat."
First Attempt 20"
"Leslie honey, not all of the packages are for you. A few are your daddy's and one is for Kathy. We'll be home in just a few minutes."
After returning home
"Here, open this one first."
"Oh thank you Mommie. Are these what I think they are?"
"Yes Leslie they are your own personal box of sanitary napkins so you don't have to borrow Kathy's. Before we go further, let Mommie check to see if we need a change. Yes, I thought so. Now, Leslie I want you to show Mommie what a big boy you can be by going in and changing your own pad. Now, Mommie needs to check. Very good sweetie, now you can put the rest in your bathroom and change when you need to freshen up and feel secure. Now go on to the next packages."
"Oh thank you Mommie, now I have my own panties! And you said these are what--a cami? And my own nighties and some shorts and tops sets - the kind like Kevie and Bobbie have. And some L'Oreal lipsticks."
"Yes honey, these are more boy shades and like Kathy used to wear when she was your age. But maybe you can ask daddy for some other things from work samples. Now open this."
"OOOOH Mommie. it's a dress, my very own dress. OOOOOOH!"
"Sweetie, would you like to try it on? If you do, Mommie will have to help you because it's a back button dress."
"Oh, can I? Please help me Mommie."
A few minutes later
"There Leslie you look so pretty, Honey now twirl for me so we can see your skirt. Oh Leslie, it's just beautiful. You are such a pretty boy. Mommie just loves you this way! Would you like to wear your dress for Daddy? He'll be here in about an hour.
"Oh, I don't know Mommie. What will Daddy think?"
"Well, we'll have to wait and see but I think he'll think you are a brave and very sweet boy and he'll be proud of you. Now let's put your things away and get ready for Daddy. And Leslie, please come sit by Mommie. I want to give you a special hug and kiss for being such a beautiful Momma's boy. There. But Leslie honey, hand me your purse. I think it's time Mommie watched as you freshen your lips. There. Mommie just loves you."
First Attempt 21"
"Leslie, that was Daddy on the phone. I need to run over to the office and pick him up. Would you like to come with me or stay here and play?"
"I don't know Mommie. How long will you be gone?"
"Honey, it will take about 30 minutes but if you'd like to stay here Mommie has one more present you could play with. Let Mommie show you."
"Oh, it's a Barbie doll Mommie, thank you."
"Sweetie, look more closely and tell me who it is."
"Ooooooh, it's a Ken doll but Mommie, he has long hair like Barbie's."
"Yes Leslie, Mrs. Wilson directed me to a specialty shop that sells special things for special boys. Do you like him?"
"Yes, I really do Mommie but why does Ken have long blonde pretty hair like Barbie?"
"Darling, that is for you to decide. Maybe it's because Ken secretly wants to be like Barbie and you can decide who you want to be. You can be Ken's daddy and help him with his hair, or you can be either Ken's Mommie or sister or even Ken's special boy friend. And here are some different outfits you can try on Ken along with a hair care set and a special Ken-Barbie toy make-up kit. Do you like it? Now Leslie, would you like to stay and play or come with Mommie?"
"I think I want to stay and play."
"Okay, here's a kiss sweetie, I'm going to pick up Daddy."
"Hi Dear, it's so good to have you back home and, oh my goodness, just look at you!"
"Hi Darling, I really missed you all. What do you think of my new look?"
"Gerald, I'm surprised to say the least. I knew Miss Creswell was making some changes but-----. Oh and your hair!!!! She did your hair!"
"Well, Miss C. didn't actually do it but she oversaw the styling for each of the men. I hope you like it. She let us help decide and I decided to have my hair done just like hers. I was really nervous that she'd be displeased but she actually approved of it. It's a long flip and my stylist put some gentle waves in my hair to give it more body. I hope you approve."
"Darling, I really think I do like it on you and it fits your face so well. You'll have to tell me about your hair appointment. The look really is just so you! And Gerald, I think your daughter is really going to love you this way."
"But what about Leslie?"
"Oh Honey, I can't wait for you to see your son. He is just adorable. You know how we've always suspected things about our boy. Well, we were right. He actually wanted me to put his hair up in curlers last night and right now he's sitting home, well, actually wearing lipstick and I'm going to let you be surprised by his outfit. But remember, Sweetheart, you must be loving and supportive and try not to act surprised. Anyway, tell me about your outfit."
"It's an Ann Taylor ensemble with the back zip pants and blouse with the matching suit coat. The shoes have a one inch heel with the buckles that match my belt. I have this small purse but will need a bigger one when we go shopping. I hope you like it."
"You look precious. I assume this is a work outfit. But honey, I've seen that same suit and pants set and don't they come with a matching skirt?"
"Yes, but I was too self-conscious to wear it."
"I understand Gerald, but I'm surprised you not wearing make-up."
We men were too nervous to travel in make-up but Miss Creswell's people did a lot of work with us. They said you and Kathy might be able to help."
"We'd love to but you know what you could do. You could ask Leslie to help you with your hair. I think we have a budding hairdresser and maybe cosmetologist for a son. You two could end up having so much fun together. When are you going to tell the children about your work attire and appearance?"
"I suppose after Kathy gets back later in the afternoon."
"Okay let's get home so you can see your son."
First Attempt 22"
"Honey, lets wait to put your luggage away. First let me go get Leslie and bring him downstairs; I think he's playing with his new doll. Just sit down or get a cool drink. It may be a couple of minutes."
"Leslie, Honey, Daddy's home and downstairs and wants to see you."
"Oh Mommie, do you think Daddy will approve of me like this? I--I--I mean well, Mommie, daddy's never seen me in a dress. WWWWhat iiiff well he doesn't like it?"
"No Leslie, your father has never seen you in a dress but I do know he has seen other boys wearing dresses and with their hair all curled and prettied before. So you need to trust Mommie and remember when he sees you I want you to go to him and give him a welcome home kiss. And Leslie, maybe sometime you can ask daddy where he's seen those boys. Now honey, take my hand and here we go."
"Gerald sweetie I'd like to introduce you to your son's new look. What do you think?"
"OOOOH my, Leslie ooooh Honey, well don't you look well, just stunning!!! Oh Janet, I had no idea, well I kind of knew, maybe but well oh Leslie you are just so pretty so beautiful!!!! Your mother told me about your hair and well your lipstick but I didn't know you would be wearing a new dress.
"Now Gerald, let Leslie get a good look at your new hair-do and your new work outfit. Yes, honey, stand up and turn around for your son. Good. Now Leslie what do you think of your daddy's new work look?"
"Oh Daddy, your hair, it's so fluffy and pretty. How do it get that way?"
"Leslie, remember what I told you to do for Daddy? Yes Sweetie that's perfect and a big hug too."
"Sweetheart it's been a long time since I've had a kiss from my boy and now to get one from my beautiful boy, well Leslie, thank you. Daddy loves his boy kisses very much."
"You two will have to start making those sweet daddy - son kisses a more common occurrence, don't you think"?
"Oh yes, Mommie I will."
"I will too, dear."
"Now why don't you two go get daddy unpacked and then I have a few things I want to show you what I got each of you today."
"Now Gerald, you may think I'm moving too fast but here are you boys' first package."
"Janet, matching nightgowns and there seem to be two each. My you do have plans for me don't you?"
WHISPERING IN HER HUSBAND'S EAR:
"Honey I've been planning this for you and your son for longer than you'll ever know. And the best part is I know you're going to both love it!"
"Oh Janet, oooooh Honey, I I I I ."
"Now Gerald I want you to give me a kiss and tell me you don't like it."
"Oh Honey, I I I well, oh Janet, you know I do."
"Leslie, will you excuse your father and me for a few minutes? I think maybe daddy might need to borrow one of your sanitary pads and freshen up. Am I right Gerald?"
"There, Gerald, doesn't that feel better? And you know that both you and your son will be wearing them from now on. In fact, I think you'd better plan on them at work too, especially in the early stages of the office transition. Now Gerald, while we wait for Kathy, why don't you ask Leslie about his hair day at the Wilson's and about his Mommie putting your boy's hair up in rollers. While you're doing that I'm going to download last night's photos. And honey, I can't wait to see the look on Kathy's face when she sees your hair-dos."
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