This story is about a young woman called Red who visits her dear old Gran once a week. My point is not about what time she arrives but the events that were about to take place. This is not to say Red doesn’t enjoy her weekly visits to Gran’s place, but rather she doesn’t know what to expect to find upon her arrival.
It is a beautiful crisp Autumn day with the sky displaying a few scattered clouds, as Red rides her brown stallion ‘Rebel’ down a narrow dirt road along the entrance to her Gran’s cottage. The warm sun rays show off Reds gorgeous wavy hair as she gallops slowly towards the cottage. Upon dismounting, Red inhales taking a deep breath whilst acknowledging a slight breeze which is carrying an aromatic scent of eucalyptus which is coming from Gran’s fireplace inside the cottage nestled among many tall eucalyptus trees.
This is no fairytale, to put it another way, Gran for many years has been into Transvestism. I’ll explain, Gran enjoys dressing up in Men’s clothing. Although in saying this, first I will explore Gran’s personality, then secondly I will look at her habits. For example, Red’s unexpected visit is to check out Gran’s living conditions as requested by Gran’s Physician, where he believes her daily activities have taken toll on her health and well-being. Reasons given were, Gran often smokes half a packet of cigarettes a day along with a high consumption of vodka as she loves to make her favourite cocktail ‘The Cosmopolitan.’ Even more importantly, Gran is a carer to her seven-year old nephew, named Charlie.
Much to Red’s surprise when she entered the cottage discreetly, she embarked upon a setting which she will cherish forever. First locating Charlie snuggled on a large cows-hide bean-bag besides “Wolverine” Grans pet dog an Alaskan Malamute, positioned closely by the fireplace. Red, scanning the room again, to her surprise finds Gran knelt in front of the television engaged in hooking up what looked to be a Wii game set. Charlie notices Red, jumping up alerting Woverine who broke out into loud barks displaying his affection towards Red by licking her face. Gran laughing, saying “Oh dear Red, your just in time, I purchased this new Wii Game for Charlie so I could occupy my hands as I’ve just stopped smoking. Red replies “ Do you know how to get it working?” “No, lucky your here to help now, some guy at the Top Pub said it fell off the back of a truck.” Charlie then saying, “Really Gran, we’re so lucky it didn’t break!” Red and Gran Laughed for some time. Red saying “ Well let’s get this game started.”
After an enjoyable afternoon spent at Gran’s and deliberately loosing three times, Red had reassured herself that everything was going to be o.k. Although, some readers may object that Gran’s personal activities are conflicting with the caring of her nephew, Red would argue this point. Responding by saying, on the days Charlie stays with Gran she never drinks any alcohol and most recently Gran has started wearing Nicotine Patches. However, Gran isn’t getting any younger and Red will always be concerned about her health and well-being. Although, Gran still displays an energetic outlook on life and a real need to express herself through cross dressing. Never the less Red has advised Gran’s Physician, she’ll keep a regular eye on her and visit more often. In addition, Red expressed she isn’t overly concerned for Charlies welfare as his visits are only two hours per week and she always telephones to check up. Finally adding, she isn’t too far away, being just two kilometres down the road. In short, Red will always love her Gran and stands by that famous quote which first appeared in the 1946 murder mystery novel, Murder in the Glass Room (by Edwin Rolfe and Lester Fuller) “you can never tell a book by its cover.”