When we were putting the nursery together, Will and I both put our old stuffed animals together on a shelf near the crib, along with some cute illustrations I found on Etsy. Will chose his old stuffed lion, and I chose Hubber.
In case I forgot to mention it, Hubber is supposed to be Humpty Dumpty. I guess our thought process was that our old friends would keep watch over our new baby. Kind of cute I guess.
About a year ago, Stella seem to suddenly notice Hubber. From time to time, she would demand that I take him down and then play with him for a day or two. She even slept with him a few times. It kind of made me happy-that she appreciated my old favorite friend.
A couple of days ago, she asked for Hubber again. She insisted that Hubber join her for breakfast. Hubber had a seat of prominence on the kitchen counter next to her fruit and peanut butter. Ultimately, she and Hubber began having a conversation. From the gist of it, I gathered that in Stella’s world, Hubber was not a boy. Hubber was a girl.
I asked her point-blank: is Hubber a boy or a girl? She emphatically stated that Hubber is a girl. After 40 years, Hubber has had a sex change. I feel a little odd about that. To me there’s no question. Hubber, Humpty Dumpty, or any other strange egg creature ought to be a male. I’m struggling with my old/new transgender friend.