From Hairsissy - this next several segments does not, by a LONG way, finish First Attempt.
The next posting (when I get to it) of course will be of more of First Attempt.
Coming up are chapters labeled First Attempt - The Night Before, First Attempt - Back to the Office and First Attempt - Leslie's Day.
First Attempt Continued--Going Shopping"
"Gloria, Gerald is going to wear the same style Ann Taylor pantsuit he traveled in yesterday and I'm going to help Leslie with his outfit so you can relax with a cup of coffee or you can go watch and chat with your son."
"Janet, I think I'll assist Gerald or maybe just watch. Come Gerald."
"Okay now Leslie, Mommie's going to show you a couple outfit combinations and then you can help decide, Okay?"
"Yes Mommie, oh that one looks like the one I wore to the Wilson's but the shorts are different. And Mommie the other outfit looks like a dress."
"That's because it is a dress, a sun dress, and just look at the little flowers arranged around the skirt. Isn't it pretty?"
"Yes Mommie but I might be afraid to wear a dress out where everyone sees me."
"Well sweetie, Mommie thinks you'd be just so pretty and adorable in it but take a look at the other outfit. Remember, these are the new clothes I got for you when I went out shopping. They're not Kathy's."
"Oh Mommie, these aren't shorts, it's a skirt. Mommie-----."
"Well not quite sweetheart, look, it's actually called a skort--it looks like a skirt but this is a cloth separator like shorts have."
"But it still looks like a skirt Mommie."
"Yes sweetie, but you can think of it as kind of a boy skirt or skort. And if someone asks you why you're wearing a skirt you can say you aren't. But now Leslie, look at me … there, there honey … now tell Mommie if maybe you'd kind of secretly like to wear both the dress and the skort. Now tell Mommie, remember Leslie you were such a pretty Mommie's boy yesterday and today you can be like Mommie's pretty boy again or even you can be a pretend Mommie's girl. Now Leslie, look. Would you like that?"
"Oh Mommie I like them both--------."
"Well then would you like Mommie to decide for you?"
"Oh please Mommie."
"Good boy. I think Mommie wants you in your Tommy Girl top with your matching skort. That way you can be Mommie's pretty little skort-boy.
"Mommie has the last curler out and now we'll do some back combing and fluffing too get your hair styled-------there oh you are just a doll. Here comes hairspray. There. Now hold your head up for me. There. Mommie would love to put a pretty pink bow in your hair to match the hint of pink blush on your cheeks but I don't think I have one … there, just a little and Mommie's going to put some matching lip gloss. Oh there. Now give Mommie a thank you cheek kiss and we'll see how GG is doing with daddy."
"Mommie, maybe do you think well ah maybe GG would let me see daddy's lavender fairy dress?"
"Well, why don't you ask her? And Leslie why do you want to see daddy's ballet dress"?
"Oh Mommie, I was just thinking …"
"Why there you two are. Oh Leslie, your outfit is so cute but just look at your daddy! Now Gerald, twirl for your son and Leslie you can twirl for your daddy. There."
"Well Gloria, I see you have my husband rather sweetly made up--rather subtle but definitely makes a statement. I'd say just perfect for daytime."
"Well as you might guess my son is a bit hesitant about being seen in Macy's or other places as a quite soft appearing but definitely a femininely made up man."
"And his hair!!!! It just screams 60's woman's hairstyle. Oh I just love it!" Janet exclaimed.
"But Gerald understands he's going to be seen like this in public so this will be such a good growth experience for him. Won't it Gerald?"
"I hope so Mother. Yes Mother."
"Now let's go. Boys, you go get your purses. We've loaned you a couple until we get to the purse and accessories department. Now boys, here is your lipstick and your gloss Leslie, and here boys put one of your sanitary pads in your purse, just in case."
"Janet, am I using your pads?"
"No Gerald dear you have your own. Now before we go, why don't you two excuse yourselves to the powder room and make yourselves secure. Or would you like GG and I to help you?"
"Oh Mommie, oh GG."
"Mother, I feel a little nervous of going out like this. Did you see how those two men looked at me?"
"Now Gerald, you traveled dressed like you are now and remember, you had had your hair done."
"I know mother but I was traveling with Miss Creswell and the 3 other men were also dressed kind of like I was. I just felt safer, I don't know."
"Now sweetie when those men saw you even though they really didn't say anything to you, you looked almost like a deer-in-the-headlights looks. And remember, the only difference is you're made up for our shopping but honey, I think you look so cute this way. Don't you think so Janet?"
"Yes Gloria. Dear those men might just have been wondering if you were really a man. And sweetie they didn't even give Leslie a second look. Just try not to look too apprehensive."
"That's right dear. Now you listen to your wife. And Gerald, when men or women look at you, you must try to appear a have at least a little confidence and you must have a positive attitude. And remember, when in doubt, always smile and show those pretty lips and teeth. When people see you even though they see "MAN", well a relaxed pretty smile will take care of a lot. And Gerald dear, admit it. You like doing and wearing and looking like this. In fact, now tell mother dear, you pretty much always have. And Leslie, tell your daddy how sweet he looks."
"Oh daddy, well uh I think you look pretty."
"Okay, I know you and Janet are always right. I'll try. But mother, before we go in, can you give me a little kiss?"
"Of course dear. There. Now do you feel better?"
"Now just one more thing … Leslie's hair is just about as pretty as it can be but … there's something …" GG commented as she reached for her purse.
"This belonged to your daddy, Leslie. Would you wear this in your hair for me today?" GG said as she took a pink satin hair bow out of her purse.
"Oooooooooh GG … I have tummy tickles again!"
"That's nice dear … come here … let me put this pretty bow in your hair … there … oh Leslie you are the most precious little boy!"
Just before entering the store …
"Gloria, who did you tell me would be helping us in the women's department for Gerald?"
"Janet, his name is Mr. Shelly."
"Oh Mother, you mean a man is going to help me?"
"And his name is Shelly?"
"Yes Dear, but Shelly is his last name, his first name is Stewart."
"Mother, is Mr. Shelly well kind of oh well--------."
"You mean effeminate dear?"
"Actually no dear he's quite manly but don't worry dear. He is quite gay and he knows women's fashions and trends very well. And remember, Vanessa asked him to personally oversee you the four men's outfits. He's excellent at putting different outfit pieces together for a variety of different office looks. But don't worry dear, I suspect initially most of your office looks will be built around pant suits and tops and very tailored jackets. Of course your shoes and purses will need to match but Stewart will help us nicely. And Gerald dear, if you see something you like, well we want your in-put too."
"Gloria, what were you telling me about Mr. Shelly's boy friend?"
"Janet, his name is Robert and he works as a hairdresser at my salon. And while I don't use him, Vanessa Creswell has him do hers and I think he is very talented. And he is only 30 years old, about14 years younger than Stewart."
"Gloria, is he effeminate like my Gerald?"
"Well, I'm not sure but I have seen him at the salon, of course and he appears to be definitely male but I do hear he can be quite particular and fussy when he's doing hair. But he really gets great results."
"Stewart so nice to see you again. I guess you talked to Vanessa. I'd like you to meet my son Gerald and his wife Janet, and this is my grandson, Leslie."
"Grandson Gloria? Oh well, it's so nice to met you all. I already have Miss Creswell's list and have already put out some things but now if you see anything else, well we're here to please. But I must say, Vanessa told me about you two but Gerald and Leslie, I just love your hair. It makes such a bold statement and well, we're going to have soooo much fun today."
"Stewart lets you and I start on Gerald. Janet is going to take Leslie to the junior miss department and then we'll hook up back here. And Stewart, I want you to think about the possibility of some matching father-son outfits."
"That we will, Gloria. But should we confine that to slacks and shorts or should we be a bit adventurous and include, well skirts or dresses?"
"I think both. Janet, what do you think?"
"I agree Gloria. Stewart, I hope you don't think we're just awful."
"Quite the contrary. Remember, I know Vanessa pretty well. And by the way Gloria, have you heard the news about Vanessa's ex-husband?"
"No, what's up?"
"Well let's get sweet Leslie on his way with his mother and I'll fill you in while your son is trying on his new pretty clothes."
After leaving the shopping mall and the accessory shop where Leslie had his ears pierced …
"Leslie, Mommie is soooo proud of you. You just cried a little bit when the nice lady pierced your ears. Honey, those little pearl studs look so cute in your ears and, you know what, later maybe you can wear some of Mommie's ear rings. Don't you think it will be just soooo fun?"
"Yes Mommie and thank you for letting me carry my new purse."
"Well Gerald, what you think of your son's new outfit. Wasn't he just soooo adventurous to wear it home? And isn't his hair is just sooo cute … especially with that darling bow. Well son, I'm really proud of both of you boys. You really got in the swing of things. I bet Kathy is going to have a blast when she sees the both of you. But I'm just going to drop you 3 off. I have to get back to your father and see how he did with his assignments."
"Mother, well I oh mother, I just want to thank you soooo much and you too Janet. Mother I know I'm a man but I really did like my shopping. I know I shouldn't but I just can't help it. I really did. Thank you, Mother. I love you. (kiss, kiss, kiss).
"I love you too sweetie. Did I tell you I had made an appointment with Mr. Robert at the salon to do your father's hair? He's going to be getting his hair permed and then set in a style to match mine! And Leslie, when you come over maybe we can get out your father's old fairy dress."
"Now you boys, before we go show Kathy, let's get our compacts and freshen our lips. Good."
"Janet, what was Mr. Shelly saying about Miss Creswell's ex-husband?"
"Sweetie, I'll fill you in later. Wait until you hear."
First Attempt Continued--Going Shopping"
"Kathy, is that you?"
"Yes mom, it's me. Where are dad and Leslie?"
"They're upstairs putting their new things away."
"How did it go mom?"
"It went very well honey and your grandmother Gloria was a big help. And I must say she really enjoyed herself."
"What about you mom?"
"Kathy, I had a blast too. Oh, you should have seen your father and brother. Your father was soooo self conscious about being seen in public with his hair all done such an obviously pretty womanly style and what he kind of tries to believe is his unisex look."
"Oh Mom, even though they are slacks, daddy's clothes just scream "WOMAN." Do you think he's in denial?"
"No not really, Kathy. As the day moved on he began to loosen up and by the end as he tried on several outfits including a couple of dresses and modeled them for us. His true nature definitely began to assert itself. And by the time we were ready to leave he was practically prancing around. And honey, you should have seen him with Mr. Shelly the man who helped with Vanessa Creswell's fashion guidelines. Mr. Shelly, Stewart, was just so good with your father and by the time we left I almost think your father had found a new friend."
"What's with Stewart, mom?"
"He runs the women's department and is a buyer for their stores and a special friend of Vanessa's. And Kathy, he's quite gay and I think he really enjoys helping men like your father."
"Do you think he'd make a pass at Daddy, Mom?"
"Oh no, Honey, Stewart is more of a manly man and his partner and he are quite an item. His boyfriend leans more towards your father's inclination appearance wise but he's still very much male. But they do make a nice couple, I hear. Kathy, wait until you see your brother. While Gloria was with your father I took Leslie to the junior miss department and well, you'll just have to have him show you. But Kathy, I was so pleased and surprised he chose to wear one of his new sun dresses home with his little matching purse and shoes."
"Mom hasn't all of this been kind of sudden with Leslie?"
"I suppose so, hon, but you've seen your brother the last few months particularly. He's been so quiet and shy before and he does get picked on some at school. But you know when he learned about your father's new work appearance, well I think that and his wonderful day at the Wilson's just allowed him to come out and just blossom. He's just become soooo interested in women's hair and hairdressing and pretty things and when he found out how pretty the Wilson boys are, well I think with just a tinsy winsy bit of help from his Mommie , well, he's just become quite the pretty little Nancy-boy. And Kathy I must say I really like him this way and I think deep down you do too. He's just so happy now."
"Mom, I know this isn't how most boys are but I do rather like it. There's just something about daddy and Leslie that kind of excites me and makes me enjoy them and want to be around them. I always like bossing daddy a little bit during nail time. I don't know. I just do."
"And Kathy, the boys both got their ears pierced today. You'll have to notice them."
"But Daddy …"
"Your daddy now has a second set in both ears."
"Like I could miss that mom, come on now. How'd they do?"
"I thought they did well. Leslie was very excited up until the time when he got in the chair and then he only cried a little bit. We were just finishing when your grandmother brought your father in and made him take Leslie's place. He got just a tiny bit teary but I also noticed they had their smiles back very quickly as we left the accessory store."
"Mom, did dad only get slacks with his suits?"
"He got several pants suits but he also got three different skirt suits. I think he may be a bit self conscious about wearing his skirt suit to work. When the time is right we'll have to encourage him a bit. Oh, I think I hear the boys."
"Oh my, hi Leslie, let me look at you. Oh Leslie you are just soooo cute."
"Just cute Kathy?"
"Oh mom, he's just beautiful. Oh Leslie you should have been a------."
"And what about your father?"
"Oh daddy, you are just well, the best. Oh daddy, you have your hair pulled back. Oh your ears! You got them double pierced! I just love it. It looks like you boys had quite a day. Did you like it daddy?"
"Kathy, to be truthful, I was a bit frightened but your mother and grandmother were great helping us."
"And Daddy, I hear Mr. Shelly helped too."
"He did, I wasn't sure at first but you know he knows so much about fashion."
"Daddy, do you know what I like best about you and Leslie?"
"I love your clothes and ears and your boldness with make-up but what I really love best is the way you both wear your hair. Not many men or boys would be bold enough to do it but you two … well … you're just fabulous and maybe daddy you'll start a trend at work just like Miss C. envisions."
"Why thank you Kathy."
"And Leslie you know maybe since all this you could come in my room and we can do hair things together. I've got some neat magazines that and I look at together and it helps me come up with ideas and I bet you'd like them too. Maybe you could learn to set and style my hair? And Leslie …"
"You could come in for nail time with daddy. I bet daddy would love to paint your nails just like he does mine? And maybe you could learn to paint my nails too if say daddy was out of town on business'; you wouldn't mind that would you daddy?"
"Oh Kathy … I …."
"Only if you weren't able to do them . Leslie could be your assistant NAIL TIME boy."
"Of course I wouldn't mind Kathy. Thank you, Kathy."
"You're welcome, daddy."
"Now you three, it's time to get things going. If we're going to get your father ready for tomorrow so we have to eat, clean up and Leslie, sweetie, your hair looks so pretty now I don't think we're going to set it tonight but I do want you to do something."
"Leslie, since you're Mr. Wilson's nice little junior hairdresser it might be fun if you helped roll up and set your father's hair. Would you like that?"
"Oh yes Mommie."
"Then Gerald dear, if anyone at work asks you about your hair, you can tell them your son sets and styles your hair and that he is thinking of becoming a beautician. What do you think of that?"
First Attempt Continued--Going Shopping"
Posted April 1st
"Leslie, Honey, will you please shampoo your father's hair while I get everything else ready? And be sure to use warm water and gently rub and massage Daddy's scalp because we want to make Daddy feel good, don't we?"
"Oh yes Mommie."
"And Gerald I want you to tell your son how he's doing and it might be fun if it really feels good and satisfying for you to purr for Leslie, dear."
"Yes Dear, kind of a sweet little kitty purr when it's being stroked, Okay?"
"Okay daddy, bend over. There. Boy we have a lot of suds. Daddy please let me know if I get some too close to your eyes."
"Okay dear you're doing fine. But it would be a lot better if we had a special reclining chair and a U shaped sink."
"I know daddy. Mr. Wilson ah, Mr. Jackie has one in his house and it is soooo neat. And daddy he even has two big hairdryers just like in hair styling magazines and beauty parlors."
"You really liked Mr. Wilson didn't you Leslie?"
"Oh yes daddy. He's sooo nice and professional and he well, he makes hairdressing soooooo fun! And daddy Mr. Jackie's hair is even longer than yours I think and it is just soooo-------."
"So what sugar?"
"Well daddy his hair is just sooo pretty. When I first saw him I kind of saw him from the side and a little bit away and well, I thought it was Kevie and Bobbi's ah Mommie. And daddy, he's also a cosmetologist and he even wears make-up just like you're going wear for Miss Creswell."
"What did you think when you saw him in make-up Leslie?"
"Daddy, I thought he was kind of well, really such a pretty man and he's sooo sweet to everyone."
"How does that feel, Daddy?"
"Oh it feels very nice honey. You have such soft gentle hands and fingers."
"Daddy, are you going to do what Mommie said?"
"Oh yes, sweetie Daddy's going to give his boy a big puuuuuuuuurrrrrr! How's that?"
"Oh thank you daddy, I just really like putting my fingers in your hair. Now daddy, it's time for a rinse and conditioning."
"Well boys how's it going? I see you look ready. Have you conditioned and rinsed your father's hair Mr. Leslie?"
Okay boys. Now Gerald why don't you give your son a sweet kiss on his lips for being such a good shampoo boy. But wait. Leslie honey, get your lipstick out of your purse and show daddy how good you're getting with your lipstick and compact. Good sweetheart, very nice. Now Gerald, thank your boy please … very good. Now Mr. Leslie, I'm going to section and clip daddy's hair and place the first few rollers. There. See how Mommie does it. Now Sweetie, I want you to do daddy's next curler. Yes, get it tight-very nice. Oh Leslie, Mr. Leslie, that is sooo sweet kissing daddy's curler. Now let's get busy with setting the rest."
A bit later
"There very nice. Mr. Leslie, please put that pink hair net over daddy's curlers … and sugar, after daddy's hairnet, let's put one of daddy's new scarves over his set. Perfect. Gerald, now look in the mirror. Does that remind you of anything?"
"Sweetheart, don't you remember the photo of you as a boy when your mother would take you to her salon for a shampoo and set and then bring you back the next day for your styling? You always left the salon leaving with your scarf covering your curlers?"
"Yes dear, now that you mention it."
"Now, let's go show Kathy. Kathy, will you let your brother come in for a while. I'm going to take your father upstairs and get him into his pretty night gown."
"Mom, isn't it early for nightgowns and bed time?"
"Yes Dear, but we're not going to sleep. We'll be back down but please answer the phone for us. We'll be busy for a little while."
A bit later
"Gerald, doesn't your nightgown feel nice?"
"Yes Dear, it does."
"Now Honey, I noticed you were fidgeting a bit when Leslie was setting your curlers so I think I need to continue your conditioning."
"Yes Gerald now I want you to put this towel there … good … now honey I want you to raise your skirt up and bend over. Good, now let's spread those pretty legs."
"Oh Janet are you ah, well, ah doing it again?"
"Doing what sweetie?"
"You know … kind of like last night."
"Now honey, don't you worry. I want you to concentrate on relaxing. Good."
"Now relax dear, I know this is different for you but trust me, this is the best thing for you and you are going to learn to love it. Now Gerald, I want you to close your eyes and picture our sweet boy with his pretty little smile humming as he put your hair up in rollers. Now relax …"
"That's much better dear. See, doesn't this feel nice ...?"
"Now you're starting to tighten. I told you not to do that. Remember sugar, your daddy rreeeeealllly loves it when your mother does him like this."
"OOOOHHH OOOHHH, he does?"
"Yes dear. Think of your daddy with a little smile on his face and making cute little kind of kitty purrs while your mother is doing this to him."
"Oh Janet, it feels just so different."
"I know sweetie but you need to get used to it. Just caress your curlers and think happy thoughts …"
"Oooohhhh Janet …"
"That's right babykins … you are being so good for Mommie. Just think of how good you'll feel at work tomorrow smiling prettily for the men and women at the office …"
"Mmmmmmmmmmmm … oh Janet … pl …."
"No Geri. I think this is enough for now. But you did really reasonably well for just your second time. Maybe next time we'll have you patting your curlers more."
"Next time dear?"
"Yes Gerald, your mother says it took your father quite a number of sessions before he learned to love it. You'll learn to love it too! You'll see …"
"Now let's go see what Kathy and Leslie are doing."
"Janet, dear, what was that thing about Miss Creswell's ex-husband? She still wears her wedding ring."
"Yes dear I know. We'll talk about that later."
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