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Born This Way – Tímea (10)

The next piece of our Born this way series is by Tímea. Read the others' stories as well and find the series summary HERE.
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Tímea (10), (1999)


Neither of us is happy in this picture. I didn’t like being a ladybug. Right before the finale I still wanted to tear the red costume off of me. My mom didn’t like being my mom times like this. I didn’t liked being her daughter, either.

It’s still better than to dress up as Minnie, though. At least, I could become Süsü, the dragon once. He was also an outcast, green and at least a boy. Well, not as cool as Zorro or Batman, but still. But I wouldn’t dare mentioning these ideas.

Ours is a conservative family. I hated my grandma because she called me a lesbian. I wasn’t even touching Aliz’s boobs on the arboretum’s bench then. She couldn’t even see that a picture of Nora Salinas a.k.a Graciela cut out of the TV guide was hiding under my pillow. One of my friends drew a picture of Jose Armando, she even sprayed it with her dad’s cologne. Every night I gave a kiss to him and I whispered that “I’m sorry but I love Graciela”.

Aliz was my first at the age of 14. Sándor was my second, when I was 18. Between them there were others, but what happened in the meantime would be a story too long to share. I almost married Sándor. My mom supported the marriage, maybe because she hoped subconsciously that I could have a “normal” life. Husband, kids. Family. Even though one family is more than enough. Eventually, I left my fiance two weeks before the wedding.

I have never liked macho lesbians. Short hair means the opposite of femininity to me. And I love the very womanly women. Even though they only like me for a one night stand. Which they regret later. And they blame me for it. As if they have never been there. But I’m used to it now. I wasn’t hoping for a serious relationship.

The only thing that was changing faster than the constant ups and downs of my heartache was the object of my love. I fell for three or four teachers a year. I wrote poems about the pain of my hopelessness. That was the time I started writing - being a teenager. I haven’t given up this habit ever since. I’ve become a professional poet and writer. And a lot more. Sometimes a painter, sometimes a musician. I act in an alternate theatre. I don’t want to be anything, I just want to live and feel. I just want something to happen.

I was asked to write a volume of interviews three years ago. The book turned out to be tolerable. At least an OK. It was meant to be a publishing sensation, it hardly became a part of the curriculum. I naively believed that I could become rich. I only earned the contempt of others and people fear me. Of course, my mother told me so. Not to speak out about these matters, and that I wouldn’t accomplish anything in life.

My mother has died since. But I am alive, and out. I succeeded in life. This matters to me. I continue to maintain my freedom. That I could become anything in life. Artist, without a civil job. Woman, even if I don’t march for feminism. Mother, even if I “gave life” only to two dogs. Lesbian, even if I live with a boy and I’m happy with him.


Translated by Emese Balog

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