First Attempt 23"
"Leslie, why don't you go upstairs with daddy and help him unpack. You can tell him about your hair day at the Wilson's and maybe about our slumber party. And Gerald honey, you might tell Leslie about your hair appointment and the outfit you're wearing."
"Oh Mommie, do you think it will be okay?"
"Leslie, ask your father. He's already seen how you look. And maybe you can ask him about his "nail time" with Kathy. I'll stay down here and wait for Kathy. I do want to talk with her before she sees you both."
"Daddy, I hope you're not mad at me."
"Leslie, honey, daddy isn't mad but I'm a little surprised to see you with your hair done so pretty and wearing a dress and lipstick. Your mother has been telling me that maybe you had some, well well, tendencies. I guess she was right. But Leslie, I want you to tell daddy---did Mommie make you dress up or did you want to? How did this happen?"
"Daddy, I didn't really know until I went to play with Kevie and Bobbie and I found out their daddy was going to do the whole family's hair. And well, when he started, well he just made it so kind of well fun looking and interesting and Daddy, Mr. Wilson curls and does his own hair and well it's so long and pretty and---and Daddy he asked me if I wanted to be his junior hairdresser helper and, well Daddy, I've seen Mommie and Kathy do their hair and well---- I just reeeally wanted to. And Daddy, I got to help shampoo the boys and then help put curlers in their hair and it was soooo fun. And Kevie and Bobbie wore these really cute outfits. Well I came home and told Mommie all about it and well, we just had the best slumber party and oh Daddy I just really loved it. I hope it's okay."
"Leslie Honey, don't worry. Daddy understands and sweetie, did you know that daddy thinks you are really quite a pretty boy. And Daddy understands sugar and Daddy has a little secret to share with you. When I was a boy my mother, your Grandmother Smithson, kept my hair long and she liked to do pretty things with my hair and some other things too. Sometime you maybe can ask Grandmother to show you some of my boy pictures."
"Daddy did you wear dresses? What did Grandfather think of your hair?"
"Honey, my mother liked for me to wear dresses and curl my hair but no, my daddy didn't like it but he pretty much had to put up with it although he and Grandmother did argue about it.
"Why didn't Grandfather make you stop?"
"He tried a number of times until it all came to a head when my mother announced one day that she was taking me to her beauty parlor and that her beautician was going to give me a permanent. Well they argued and argued right in front of me but Mother would not budge. Then my daddy just got so frustrated he couldn't take it any more and he just burst into tears and cried like a baby. I was kind of scared until I saw Mother smiling at Daddy crying. After that it took some time but Daddy was never the same. He gave in and told Mother he just couldn't fight her any more and to go ahead and take over raising me. Well my mother was relentless and I learned and she actually insisted that Daddy go with us to watch me have my perm. He even teared up a bit at the salon but Mother comforted him. After my perm Mother's beautician had taken out my perm rods so my hair was hanging in countless wet ringlets and I was waiting for my hair to be set in rollers. Mother brought Daddy over to me and he saw my freshly finished perm. He managed to give me a little smile and Mother made him kiss me. Then before we left the beauty shop Mother told Daddy it wouldn't be too long before she would bring him back for his own appointment and get his own hair permed and set."
"Did he go Daddy?"
"Yes, sweetie, he did after mother made him let his hair grow out. Grandfather hasn't seen a barber since and he learned to pleasantly accept Mother and my little dress up sessions. You can ask him about it when we visit."
"Daddy, tell me about nail time with Kathy."
"Leslie, my mother and I used to paint each other's nails and we always enjoyed those mother-son sessions. After my father had his change of attitude mother even had him do my nails sometimes and we grew to enjoy it. So, I liked it so much as a boy I offered to start doing it with Kathy and we always have a good time. Your sister loves to be pampered and I love pampering her."
"Daddy do you think I can watch sometime?"
"Of course you can Sugar. Maybe you might like doing your sister's nails if you practice and watch closely. Now Leslie, let's put away the rest of my clothes."
"Daddy, are you wearing women's slacks and a blouse?"
"Yes Leslie, but Daddy will tell you about it more when I tell everyone about Miss Creswell's office changes."
"Hi Mom, I'm back."
"Hi Kathy, how was cheerleading camp? Did you have fun?"
"OH we had a blast. I hope this helps me make the team. I'm going to have to practice a lot. Where are Daddy and Leslie?"
"Honey, they're upstairs and there's some interesting news each of them will need to share with you. But Kathy, you know how Leslie has always had some effeminate tendencies?"
"Mom, that's putting it mildly."
"Well, Leslie rather discovered this weekend that he likes hairdressing and even shows an interest in cosmetology. In fact your brother had me put his hair up in rollers and I styled it just like mine. And well, we went a little further. He's wearing a cute little dress and even some lipstick. Now I don't want you to make him feel bad. Be as supportive as you can. A little teasing is good for 'special' boys but not too much right now so maybe later, okay? And Kathy, your Daddy has some fashion news about some changes he and several of the other men will be undergoing at work. Oh, here come the boys now."
First Attempt 24"
"Hi Daddy, I'm back but I guess you beat me by and hour or so. OOOOhh Daddy, I just noticed. Daddy, what did you do with your hair? It's so well different."
"Kathy, your father had his hair styled during his business trip. What do you think of it?"
"Oh Mom, I love his new look. Daddy, would you please turn around so I can see the back. Very good. Mom, Daddy I well I really do like it but Dad---the style. It's so, well, so much like a woman's hairstyle."
"That's because it is a woman's hairstyle. In fact it's the same style that your father's boss Miss Creswell wears. But Kathy haven't you noticed your father's clothes?"
"Now that you say it Mom, yes, I was just so taken with Daddy's hairstyle. And where's Leslie. Mom said he was with you, Daddy."
"Kathy, Leslie is a little bit nervous about you seeing him. He's well, he's aaaa he's wearing a dress and there's more."
"Oh Daddy, mom told me Leslie has begun to show some girlie interests but I guess Leslie's not the only male in the family that way, eh Daddy? Your cute little outfit is Ann Taylor isn't it? Your feminine outfit kind of gives you away too, Daddy. Maybe we have "something in the water, eh Mom."
"Now Kathy, that's enough. Your father has some exciting new work news he wants to share with us and when you hear it you'll better understand your father's hairstyle and attire. But before we go further I'm going to go get Leslie."
IN THE OTHER ROOM
"Leslie Honey it's time to go see Kathy and show her what a pretty brother you've become."
"Oh Mommie, I'm so nervous. What if she doesn't like me this way or teases me."
"Leslie sweetie, trust Mommie, I think Kathy will love you like that. After all she's such a girlie girl and Mommie's going to share with you a little secret that will help you. Honey, Mommie knows Kathy rather likes girlie boys also. Your sister can be a little bossy sometimes, even with Daddy. But don't you worry, your daddy rather likes Kathy and I that way and one more little secret, Sugar. Did you know when Kathy and Daddy have nail time that after your father finishes massaging her feet and polishing her nails Kathy sometimes paints your father's toe nails. And what's even more fun Leslie, is that Kathy and Daddy like to wear the same shade of polish. Now Kathy's shades are usually too youthful and wild for me but it makes your daddy feel youthful and hip and, well Kathy likes him that way."
"Mommie, do you like Daddy in youthful nail polish?"
"Not usually Honey. If Daddy wears nail polish I'd prefer he wear something more like I wear. Now Leslie, lets go see Kathy but first Mommie wants you to check your hair and lips with Mommie's compact. Good. What you think?"
"Mommie, I'm not sure but maybe I need a little more lipstick after I kissed daddy and this curl is drooping."
"Oh Sweetheart, Mommie's so pleased you noticed. Would you like Mommie to freshen your lips and take care of your curl?"
"There honey now you're Mommie's pretty boy and let's go say hi to Sister Kathy. And I want you to remember to do something Leslie; when you walk into the room I want you to put your arms at your sides that's right now bend your arms like perfect now lets your hands go limp at the wrist oh my sweet Jane-boy! Be sure to run to Kathy and tell her how happy you are to see her and give her a sweet brother-kiss."
"Hi Kathy I hope you like me. I missed you soooo much."
"Oh Leslie, oh my, oh what a kiss. I can't remember when you kissed me last. And oh, well, just look at you. Oh Leslie, you've really changed. Now stand back and twirl for me, yes just turn around. Oh Mother, his hair is just like yours and well oh Mom, Dad he's, well Leslie, you are soooo pretty. Oh I can't believe my brother, oh Leslie. I just love the new you!!!!! YOU ARE GOING TO BE JUST THE BEST AND MOST INTERESTING GIRLIE BROTHER A SISTER COULD HAVE!!
"Okay, everyone, we're going to order a pizza a little later but next I want your father to tell you all about his business week and his new work changes. And Leslie, you should maybe later tell Kathy and daddy more about hair day at the Wilson's.
First Attempt 25"
"Gerald, I called the pizza order in and it will be 30-45 minutes. Why don't you tell the children about your trip and Miss Creswell's office changes?"
"Leslie, why don't you sit next to your sister? There. Nice. You two look so cute together. Okay Gerald."
"Well, I think your mother already knows about some of this but for the last several months Miss Creswell has been trying to expand L 'Oreal's market share in all areas but particularly in the cosmetic and hair care lines. And with different female demographic age groups sales have been growing but slowly. Miss C. has envisioned a plan which seeks to expand into the male population. She believes and hopes that by aggressively marketing to males, both men and boys she can develop an untapped resource. Any questions so far?"
"Daddy is your company going to start selling cosmetics to men and boys?"
"We certainly hope so Kathy but Miss C. knows that conventional male thinking will have to be over-come or modified for her plan to be successful. But she envisions that an effective prolonged add campaign combined with a modification of the way some males think will allow us to be successful. She knows it may not be easy but Miss C. is very determined."
"Daddy, you said US just now. Does that mean you're for her plan?"
"Well Kathy, basically, yes I am. Miss C. has chosen me and several men employees who she feels seem to be progressive enough to help implement the first phase of her plan. And I hope you, the members of our family, will be supportive of what you'll be seeing. Basically Miss Creswell has selected we progressive men to become role models, first, for the other men in our company and then to men and boys in the general population. After she has some background information she plans to move ahead. Now she may want to either interview you or have you fill out questionnaires regarding the changes you'll see in me and her plan progresses."
"What changes, what changes Daddy?"
"Wait, one at a time. Kathy, Leslie, starting next Tuesday I will begin a program that includes putting on and wearing make-up to work and as you can probably see from my attire, my office attire will consist of androgynous to feminine clothing. Now Daddy will not be wearing skirts, at least not initially I don't think but my Ann Taylor outfit is fairly typical of my office look. Any questions?"
"Daddy, what cosmetics will you wear and what about your hair?"
"Kathy, I'll be wearing the same basic make-up you and your mother wear. We were shown this week at our lessons about daytime make-up and how to do it as opposed to my evening look."
"Daddy, you mean you'll be wearing make-up all the time?"
"No Honey, not all the time but it will be a part of my work day and also after work sometimes.
"Daddy, you mean you're going to wear lipstick just like Mommie and Kathy do?"
"Yes Leslie, and it seems like I'm not the only male in the family now does it sweetie? Daddy thinks you look sweet in your dress and lipstick. Now we can't have you being the only boy that looks pretty can we sugar?"
"Leslie honey, did you know that daddy is also going to have to start doing his hair just like Kathy and I? Honey, since you have become Mr. Wilson's junior hairdresser maybe you could ask daddy if you could help him do his hair. You sure would be helping your daddy. Would you like that?"
"OOOOHHH MOOOOMIE, I I I well, if Daddy would like for me toooo."
"Leslie, I'd love for you to help me with my hair. Maybe you could tell me about your hair day at the Wilson's. I'd sure like to hear EVERYTHING and maybe you and Mommie can tell us about how you came to have your mother curl your hair too."
"Daddy one question. When you got your Ann Taylor suit Mother says it also comes with a matching skirt. Did you get the skirt too?"
"Oh Kathy, I have to confess I did. But Miss Creswell was right there and I could see she wanted me to. And well Kathy well I kind of wanted to anyway. I hope you don't think I'm just awful."
"Daddy. knowing how you act when we have nail time I'm really not surprised. And daddy, I have to confess. I kind of like you this way."
"I don't really know Daddy, I just do. And Leslie, you sweet brother, you don't know it yet but we are going to have sooo much fun together."
"Does that mean you approve of your brother in curls and a dress, dear?"
"Oh yes, Mom, and frankly I don't think either of us is very surprised, are we?"
"Not really Kathy. Maybe while the boys are getting the pizza cut and ready I'll tell you about my slumber party with Leslie and then you can get his version and we'll compare notes. Now you boys get busy."
"Gerald, Kathy, Leslie; tomorrow we have to go purse shopping for Daddy and Leslie is going along. We plan on getting a number of other things accomplished also. And Gerald will you take your son upstairs and let him brush your hair for a few minutes. And Gerald, it might be fun for you to brush your son's hair also. And Gerald honey, it might be fun if you put some fresh lipstick on your son and Leslie you can do the same with daddy's lips. Then when you come back down stairs we'll talk about getting ready for bed. And Leslie, you might show daddy your sanitary pad. Now shoo you two boys.
First Attempt 26"
"Leslie, since your mother tells me you helped with the Wilson boys hair would you like to brush my hair first?"
"Okay Daddy but I've never brushed hair before. Do you know how I should do it?"
"Well Leslie, I've watched your mother and sister brush their hair and they do it slowly and gently. Your mother did say it feels very nice to have her hair brushed and teased. And Leslie honey, I'll tell you a little secret. Sometimes after I do your sister's toenails and she's been brushing her hair while I do it well she sometimes has me brush hers too for a bit."
Okay Daddy, sit down at Mommie's vanity and I'll try. Daddy, tell me if I'm doing it right. There daddy, how does that feel? Am I doing it okay?"
"OOOHHHH Leslie it feels sooo good and nice."
"Daddy your hair is so nice. Why do you keep it long?"
"Leslie, I just always have. Your grandmother kept my hair quite long when I was a young boy just like my sisters and then it was common to see young boys or even older boys in long hair. Oh Leslie honey that feels so good. You're really quite good at this. Are you enjoying brushing daddy's hair? Please let me know if you get tired."
"Oh Daddy I'm not tired and I really like brushing it. But what did Grandpa think about your hair? Did he like it long?"
"No honey he didn't approve for a long time but he just went along with Mother's ideas. I do remember once when your mother had gone to visit her sister Grandpa told me he was going to take me to his barber."
"What did you do? Did he have it cut off?"
"When he told me I just started to cry and I begged him not to. I was so scared that I told my daddy I wanted to call my Mommie and to my surprise he agreed to call before he took me. Well when Mother heard she apparently lit into Daddy and really Daddy didn't say too much on the phone but when he hung up he said I didn't have to get it cut. After that Daddy was a bit upset but when your grandmother got home she and Daddy had a little private talk about my hair. I remember vividly after they came out of their bedroom mother asked me if I'd like to have her curl and style my hair. I wasn't sure what to say but Mother said if I really wanted to, well she'd seen me watching when she did my sisters' hair and she thought it might be fun for both of us. I then asked about Daddy and she said, right in front of my father, that she was going to have him watch. Well within almost minutes she was shampooing me and then putting my hair up using all her curlers and well Mother was just wonderful. Even with Daddy there she explained what she was doing and kept commenting how nice and pretty my hair was going to be and how she could make it look just like my sisters'."
"What did Grandpa think, Daddy?"
"Well looking back he tried to be stoic but I remember when mother had finished putting in all my curlers Daddy tried to get up to leave but Mother stopped him. She then brought her point home with him by asking him if he didn't think his son, me, looked pretty in hair curlers. Then she also said she thought it might be a good idea if she did his hair too although it wasn't too long yet."
"What did Grandpa say?"
"Well, Leslie, it was more than my father could take. He actually started to cry. Just a little bit at first but his tears had already betrayed his emotions and he just sat down and bawled like a baby. But Mother was so good and so clever. She sat down and rubbed his back, dried his tears and gave him little kisses and told him it would be okay. That she knew it was hard for him to see his only son in her curlers. But she kept telling him that she knew I'd like it and he'd get used to seeing me that way."
"Did you like it Daddy?"
"Leslie, I thought I would but Mother was so good with me and I found myself not only liking it but I did really love it. I wasn't sure why and even today I'm not sure but I reeeeally do. Even with my father sitting there watching, well much, much later Daddy told me that day from the little contented smile on my face that he knew that I, as he put it, was a convert. You know Leslie, you must tell me more about your hair day at the Wilson's. Your mother tells me you may have quite the interest in hairdressing and even cosmetology. Is that true?"
"Daddy, I didn't even know much about hairdressing but Mr. Wilson was so nice and so cool. I got to see him do the Wilson women's make-up but then when he told me he was going to put Kevie and Bobbie's hair in curlers--well ah ah well something just made me want to watch. And Daddy, I even got kind of tummy tickles from watching the boys having their hair curled. And they were so pleased and excited about it. They both said they love hair days with their father. And they said their mother and sister, Judy, both like them like that."
"Leslie, Honey, you probably well know not all boys like to have their hair curled but I think we both REEEEALLY KNOW that we both do so in that way we're not like some males but I want you to know it's not only okay for us to be that way. I'm sure it has helped in my work career and even though your mother's side of the family is quite independently wealthy, well my work helps me in many ways."
"Does Mommie like you with long hair Daddy?"
"Honey, you can ask her but let me ask you--did Mommie encourage your slumber party? Do you think she liked it? Did you like it?"
"Oh Daddy, I really did and I think Mommie did too. She said I looked just like she did when she was a little girl and well daddy I kind of reeeeally like that."
"But Leslie, your mother even put lipstick on you. Did you like that too?"
"Oh Daddy, can I tell you a little secret?"
"Yes Honey tell Daddy."
"Well Mommie had me close my eyes after I watched her do her lips. Then she ran her fingers over my lips to kind of tickle and tease them. Then she asked me if I wanted to wear lipstick so I could be like Mommie. Well Daddy, oh Daddy, I just soooo wanted to. Was it okay do you think?"
"Leslie, you know most boys don't wear lipstick but you're definitely a Mommie's boy and even quite the Daddy's boy. You know Daddy will be wearing lipstick to work starting Tuesday. What do you think of seeing me, your father, wearing make-up?"
"Oh Daddy, I kind of think well that I'll kind of well like it."
"Thank you Leslie that felt wonderful. Now let Daddy brush your hair. You know Leslie your hair is so pretty now that it's styled just like Mommie's. Daddy loves to brush it. We're going to have such fun together. Now Leslie, sweetie, tell Daddy about the tummy tickles."
"Kathy what do you think of your brother and father? Do you like what you see? Are you surprised?"
"Mom, one thing at a time. Leslie has always been soooo girlie; well I'm not at all surprised. In fact when I know he's been peaking at me doing hair or make-up, well I try to make it soooo enticing. I just knew he wanted to come in. Even when I'm having Daddy do my toes. Mother you know the talks we've had about the women in your family running things. Well I've always felt I wanted to be like you and grandmother and Aunt Sharon."
"Well Kathy, when the boys are done with their hair brushing, well, I picked up new nightgowns for them Leslie actually wore one for you so I thought that all that's gone on well, we might enjoy being a gowned family this evening. And Kathy by this time tomorrow we're going to have spent time getting your daddy ready for his first office day as one of the New Men of L'Oreal.
First Attempt 27A"
"Daddy, before we go down stairs can I ask you a question?"
"Of course, son."
"Daddy, when you had your hair done on your trip did your hairdresser put your hair in curlers?"
"Yes, he did Leslie. Why do you ask?"
"Oh I just kind of wondered, Daddy. Was your hairdresser a man? Did you like him? Daddy, were you embarrassed to have a man curl your hair?"
"Yes, he was and Leslie, he was very nice and reassuring. Before we started he told me that he would make me feel good during my appointment and for the most part he did. His hands were so soft and gentle and he was so sweet with me I did enjoy it. And because the other men were having their hair appointments at the same time, we all I think, felt a bit of togetherness that made me feel good. And Leslie, Daddy has a little secret to tell you.
When I was a boy I used to go with my mother to her hair appointments and well, one thing led to another. I was so fascinated with my mother's hair that one day I finally asked her if boys ever had their hair curled. She said yes and asked me if I'd like to have my hair done. I said 'Not really' but I think my mother realized my interest and she eventually curled my hair one evening when she was doing hers and we both really liked it. I remember I was so embarrassed when she showed me to my father. And I did like a man doing my hair."
"What did Grandpa say? Well, he wasn't happy but one look from mother quieted daddy right down."
"Is that why you wear your hair long daddy? Do you really like it long?"
"Grandmother always decided how your aunt and I wore our hair and mother liked me in long hair. I guess I just accepted it and grew to like it. When I met your mother one of the things she liked about me was my hair. And Leslie, it probably won't be long before we visit my parents so you know they will have to know about your interest in hairdressing. But don't worry, I think Grandmother will be very pleased and I think you'll find Grandfather will go along with Mother's feelings."
"Daddy but what will they think about me wearing lipstick and Kathy's dress. Will they have to know?"
"Honey, knowing your mother, if Grandmother doesn't already know, she will. And it's okay. You may not know this but Grandmother's side of the family is quite wealthy and our family has always been rather matriarchal."
"Yes Leslie, it means the women in the family tend to run things. I think you'll find your mother's family is much the same way."
"Daddy, is that why Kathy is so bossy sometimes?"
"Leslie, it's probably more complicated than that. Some women can be very feminine but insist on being the boss and running the show. I'm not sure why completely. But also, Honey, some men are just more comfortable around women who are in charge."
"Daddy, I heard someone at school one time that his father said you were what, ah, well, ah henpecked. Daddy, is henpecked bad? Are you and I henpecked?"
"Leslie, henpecked is not a very nice word but there are worse. And Leslie, there's not anything wrong with women making the decisions. Miss Creswell is very much in charge. But I kind of like it that way. I guess Leslie, though I don't like the word, I think you could say that, yes, I am henpecked, but I like and accept it. You seem to be following in your family's footsteps in that regard. Maybe you can ask Kathy if we're henpecked. Now Leslie, let me use the brush on your hair just a bit before we go downstairs. Oh Leslie, sweetie, you really do look pretty for me. Remember to thank Mommie and give her kisses for helping you look so pretty. And here Honey, Daddy has a nice kiss for you too. There. Now hold my hand and let's go down to see the women of the family."
Downstairs before the boys arrive
"Mom does anyone know about Daddy and Leslie yet?"
"Not too many Kathy. I did call both your grandmother and your aunt and my mom said she couldn't wait to tell your grandfather. But probably no one else yet but the Wilson's. Kathy, what do really think about all this?"
"Mom I don't know if I should but there's something about it that makes me rather like it. Some of the boys at school can be such macho jerks well I kind of like to put them in their place. And there's something about feminine men and boys that I kind of find enjoyable. I hope that's okay mom but do you think it's normal for me to think that way?"
"Kathy, you're more like me than you realize. Actually Leslie asked me about it and I told him about young boys who have larger amounts of female hormones and I do think that's one of the factors. Honey, sometimes I look at your brother without his top on. He actually has a little puffiness in his breast area and your father has always had a case of gynacomastia. So in a way he's perfectly suited for his position with Miss Creswell."
"Oh Mom, I would have loved to been there to see Daddy having his hair done!"
"Kathy, I did get some photos of Leslie in his curlers last night. Why don't you ask him to show them to you?"
"Well there you boys are. How was the hair brushing? You look like you rather loosened your curls but that's okay."
"Mommie, I really liked it. Daddy's hair was stiff at first but when I had finished it was so nice and soft."
"And you, Gerald?"
"Honey, you know that I occasionally brush Kathy's hair but it was different doing my son's. Nice different but certainly different."
"Don't you think your son is pretty, sweetie?"
"Yes, dear. You certainly made some changes in him."
"Do I detect a slight tone of regret Gerald?"
"Oh no dear, but even with my family history I never envisioned him quite like this."
"Well boys, you might be interested to know that I got you nightgowns for tonight. In fact they're matching father-son nightgowns. Why don't you two scoot right back up-stairs and put them on. And, you'll find matching undies and slippers. Then come right back down. We have to talk about tomorrow's purse shopping and maybe a plan to freshen your hair. Now scoot."
First Attempt 27"
"Daddy, will you please help me unbutton my dress?"
"Yes Leslie, but isn't that one of Kathy's old dresses and not yours?"
"Yes, it's Kathy's but Mommie said we could pretend it was mine."
"Leslie, do you like wearing dresses?"
"Oh Daddy, I didn't know if I would but then I saw Kevin, I mean Kevie and Bobbie wearing dresses and daddy, I know boys aren't supposed to like wearing dresses. But they really seemed to like it and they acted, well, so natural and nice. They're not like some boys at school that tease me sometimes about my long hair. They're just so sweet and nice to me and--------."
"Leslie, Daddy understands. Now come here and turn around and I will unbutton your dress. There now. Let's slip your dress off."
"Thank you daddy. Daddy since you helped me do you think I could help you with your blouse buttons?"
"Why yes sweetie. Let me stand just like this. Now unbutton me. Thank you Leslie. Now while we're getting our night gowns would you like to tell me about helping curl the Wilson boys' hair? Now sweetie, tell daddy how you felt. Did you like it? Mommie says you might just make such a good little hairdresser."
"Oh Daddy I didn't know but when Mr. Jackie asked me if I wanted to help and well, I just remembered Mommie and Kathy curling their hair and Daddy, can I tell you a little secret?"
"Of course you can."
"Well when I watched I just wondered how it would be if I was doing it oh Daddy even how it would be if I had mine done. And when I helped the boys and even got to put in some of their curlers I just really got tummy tickles and it was soooo nice. And Kevie and Bobbie just looked so cute in their curlers and-------."
"Is that why you and Mommie had your slumber party?"
"I guess so but Mommie asked me if I wanted her to put curlers in my hair and then if I could watch the boys' comb-outs the next day."
"Leslie, tell me about Mommie putting lipstick on you."
"Daddy, Mommie said she and Kathy knew I liked to watch them put on lipstick and then she put some on and well, she looked so pretty. And then she had me close my eyes and tickled and smoothed my lips with her finger and then she asked me if I wanted to be her pretty boy and wear lipstick just like Mommie. Oh Daddy, I reeeealllly did, so Mommie did my lips."
"How did you feel when she touched your lips with her lipstick, sugar?"
"Oh Daddy, I already had tummy tickles and I really got the squigglies and Mommie had to well, oh daddy, well I had a little panty wet-wet and Mommie had to change my sanitary pad. Oh Daddy I hope you're not mad at me."
"No Leslie, I'm not mad. What you did was natural and good and when Mommie was making you into her pretty boy, you just had what my mother used to call a little panty pleasure. And with your hair and lipstick and pretty dress well, you certainly are quite pretty."
"Daddy, do you think it's okay for boys to be pretty?
"Honey, most boys aren't or wouldn't want to try but there are some special boys that just are and they tend to take after their mothers and that is a good and natural thing for them. Those boys would hate being rough and prefer to do more refined and gentle things."
"Daddy are we both those kind of boys?"
"Leslie, Daddy always has been and it looks like you take after both your mother and me. Now let's get our nightgowns and slippers on and go show the girls. There Honey, good. Now before we go daddy wants to give you a little kiss. There, oh Leslie honey you are just so cute. Now hold daddy's hand and we'll go show the girls."
First Attempt 28"
"Mom, before the boys come back down what do you think of Dad's new work appearance? It really does sound like his boss is turning her men in our direction, if you know what I mean. Will you approve or really like Daddy wearing make-up and with his hair styled?"
"Kathy, your father's appearance will be different but you're around your father quite a bit and you know what his interests are. He appears graceful but he has always been such a klutz at sports. When we were younger we both liked to play tennis together and who do you think always won? Well I did. And you know so many men would have resented being beaten by a woman but it didn't bother your father. I remember one match when I must have been ahead in games 4-0 and I noticed your father's hair was getting in his eyes and bothering. So I stopped and even though there were some other men and women waiting for us and watching us I called him over to my purse and took out the only thing I had--a ribbon like the one I had my ponytail in and suggested, no insisted he'd maybe do better if I tied his hair back more like mine. Well you father didn't even blink and said okay so we completed the rest of the set with his hair quite shall we say different than the other men watching us."
"So what happened, Mom? Did Dad do better?"
"Oh honey, not really. I won the set 6-0. And in the last game I even served easy lobs for him but he just wasn't able to compete. Now most men would have been complete pigs or grouches if that had happened to them but your father practically danced over to congratulate me and gave me the sweetest victory kiss right in front of everybody. Later after we'd had some private fun I asked him if he was bothered by the game. He said no that he'd seen his mother do that with his father in a number of different ways and he just accepted that I was the better athlete. He even thanked me for doing his hair ribbon and he even had me replace it after we'd bathed and that he really did like his hair ribbon."
"Mom did you think dad was effeminate or even womanly to do that?"
"Oh yes probably Kathy but I actually found myself liking it and liking and loving your father for it. It's his open and liberal approach I find so refreshing and appealing. I think that's why he's so good with you and Leslie, now that he's seen his son in a dress, hair-do and lipstick. You know Kathy before I met your father I was almost engaged to a football player who was quite the macho man. But I saw that to be happy I'd have to change him and then your father came along and he was such a breath of fresh air. And you know the rest."
"Mom, what about Leslie? Was it your idea to make him all girlie?"
"Oh Kathy probably but you should have just seen him after he got back from the Wilson's. He was just glowing with happiness. Kind of like when you when we went to get your first training bra. You know he struggles at times at school because of the boys but he was just soooo happy. I think you and I both know how he acts when he's trying to watch us do our woman things. I just thought it was the perfect time to let him see just what a pretty even beautiful little Nancy-boy he could be. And oh Kathy, you should have just seen him after I'd finished putting his hair up in curlers and we were talking about lipstick. I very purposefully did my lips and then made him close his eyes. I think he thought he was going to have his lipstick put on him right then but I rather teased him by running my finger over his lips tickling them a bit to mimic my lipstick. When I could see he was about to burst I asked him if he's like to wear lipstick like his Mommie."
"Oh mother, you clever one you. What did Leslie say or do?"
"Kathy, he was sooo excited he got what he called squigglies in his panties if you know what I mean."
"Oh Mom, you're kidding. I didn't know he was old enough."
"Well, he is and right there when my lipstick touched his lips, well our cute little Leslie had his first panty pleasure. Fortunately I'd placed one of your sanitary pads to protect him so we did get him all clean and fresh. Then I did his lips. Kathy, unless I miss my guess you're going to be around a little brother cosmetologist."
"Oh mom, this is just too much I just love it! Oh I think I hear the boys coming."
"Hi girls. We're back."
"Oh just look at you both. Oh mom, you got them matching night gowns and slippers. They look just darling. Daddy, Leslie, how was the hair brushing?"
"Fine thank you Kathy. I've brushed your hair occasionally but having your brother do mine well I think we boys can see why you girls like it so much."
"Gerald it looks like you've lost some of your curl but I thought it might be fun if Kathy and I set you boys' hair tonight. I think it would be fun but Gerald, dear; we won't have time to dry it so you'll both have to spend the night in your curlers. What do you think?"
"Oh Honey, are you sure?"
"Oh I'm sure sweetheart. And just think--it will be you as the one in curlers rather than me. And honey, sweetie, I think that will REEEEALLY BE FUN for both of us."
"Well okay dear, if you say so."
"I do say so and Gerald sweetie, did you notice that you're the only one in the room without something?"
"Gerri dear, you're the only one not wearing lipstick and since we're having quite a girls night together I think you need to get with the program. And remember, you're going to be wearing it to work Tuesday. Now what do you say?"
"Good boy. Now who wants to do daddy's lips? Should we let daddy do it himself or should one of us do it?"
"Mom, let me. I have done daddy's nails."
"Yes, you have Kathy. But I'll tell you what. I'm going to let you select daddy's shade but since I've already done Leslie's lips it might be fun if our sweet Leslie did his daddy's lips. What do you think? We can't have daddy in curlers without his pretty lips. What do you think Gerri?"
"Oh I'm Gerri now, I guess. Well, it seems a bit different for a young boy to do his father but if you say so, dear."
"I do say so. Kathy, go get Daddy's lipstick."
"Now Leslie, remember what Mommie told you and I want you both right there so I can get some pictures."
"Yes sweetie, I can't wait to show these to your parents and particularly your mother. Now Leslie, start on daddy's lips. Oh wonderful. Now let Mommie see. Why Leslie you did so well but Mommie just needs to help a bit too. And Kathy would you like to do a run-over of daddy's lips? Good now one last photo. Good. Now Gerri, please give us each a sweet daddy kiss but remember, no smearing. In fact, Leslie, show daddy how we give faux cheek kisses like women do. Oh just precious---now another photo of the boys kissing. Great!"
"Now since we don't have all night Kathy will you please get our curler baskets and setting lotion while I get the shampoo's ready... Cathy, what shade did you use on your father? I really like that shade on him."
"It was Paradise Plum, Mother."
"Okay boys; let's get busy with your shampoos."
First Attempt 29"
"Okay boys now you can take the towels down from your damp hair. Kathy and I are going to put your hair up in curlers now. Kathy, please scoot Leslie's chair up along side your fathers so they can both look in the mirror and see what we're doing to them. There, that's perfect. Okay boys sit down. Kathy and I are going to comb out your hair so we can begin sectioning and put your hair up in curlers. After we've completed your curler sets we'll put on the setting solution so it can really saturate your hair. Kathy I think this will be easier so their hair is a bit more manageable to handle. And boys, you will hold your curler baskets and hand us the curlers. Okay?"
"Now boys remember, to kiss the curler before you hand it to us but not too hard. We don't want our boys with messy lips. Leslie, Kathy is going to do her best to set your hair the way I do mine so we can continue to be Mommie and son hair twins, Okay?"
"And Gerri, I'm going to try to come as close as I can to Miss Creswell's hair-do for you. After all if she likes it you'll be maybe her special favorite at the office. Okay boys, curler time."
"Oh mom, look isn't that sweet? Daddy and Leslie are holding hands while we're doing them. Daddy, what's up?"
"Oh Kathy, I don't know but my son looks so different with his hair in rollers."
"How different dear?"
"Oh honey, he's just sitting there handing Kathy the rollers and he has the sweetest little contented smile. It's just so, well-----."
"So what, Honey? Maybe he just likes the look on his daddy's face. Now boys, it's truth time. I want every boy who likes his hair in curlers to raise his hand and thank his hairdresser with a sweet kiss. Well Kathy, surprise, surprise. It looks like we're two for two."
"Now you know boys, most men would never allow this to happen to them but you two do, don't you. That means you are our special boys. It's time for you both to tell us how you feel."
"Janet, I know I'm a man or at least a male but you know how it was for me as a boy."
"I do know sugar but come on now; didn't you learn to love your special Mommie and Nancy-boy sessions with the kids' grandmother?"
"Oh yes dear. I did and I guess you can tell. I still do. But Leslie, well I didn't know or at least wasn't completely sure until, well look at him. Look at us. I still don't know why--I just still do. I guess maybe we both do. Leslie, am I wrong?"
"Oh daddy, I guess maybe, well oh daddy, I reeeeeaaally like it and daddy, daddy, can I tell you something?"
"Daddy, I'm so glad Miss Creswell is changing you like she is. I like seeing you with curlers. And Daddy, I like putting lipstick on you and well our nightgowns-----. I like being like Mommie and Kathy and the Wilson boys. Oh Daddy."
"It's okay Leslie. Kathy and daddy like you like this and I love that you look just like I used to. And it looks like your daddy is going to develop into quite the WO-----, well quite an appealing type of new man. And I can't wait to show you off to our parents and family and maybe a few of my women friends at our club. But now It looks like it's time for your hairnets. Kathy, why don't you take your brother in your room and teach him about lipstick and make-up removal and skin care before you tuck him in. Leslie, your father and I will be up after while to tuck you in and give you good night kisses."
"And Gerald, sweet-pea, lets go up to our room and have some fun. And I do want you to call your mother and tell her about your day. And honey, it might be nice if you asked her to go with us purse shopping for you boys."
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