Confluence (n.) The joining together of two rivers, where one flows into another forming a larger mainstream. Confluence Magazine is the place where our smaller stream of documentary work meets and mixes with the river of stories being made and shared with the world.
Age 2. After waking up, Harry selects his clothing for the day. He ponders underwear before moving onto pants and shirts.
Age 3. After seeing Nana’s painted nails, he begs to get nail polish. We give him two bottles for Christmas. While I am not a huge fan of pink, it is his favorite color at the time.
Age 3. The majority of his friends are all girls. Our neighborhood is flooded with girls just two years older than him and these are the kids he relates to most and to whom he attaches himself. While there are boys in the neighborhood, he either feels excluded or doesn’t relate to them.
Age 4. After a year of wearing the same dress over and over and many morning arguments over what to wear (his drawers being full of boy clothing), we decide to take him shopping to let him choose his own clothing. He settles on four dresses.
Age 5. While on a walk, he finds flower to pick. As a toddler, he would always fill my pockets with flowers. As he gets older, he continues to appreciate flowers and other beautiful things in nature.
Age 5. Walking in a wooded area near our house, we saw a group of boys playing with bows and arrows. He watches curiously. At one point, he calls out to them but they don’t hear or acknowledge him. As we get closer, they run off.
Age 6. For years, he has asked for long hair. He asks that we stop taking him for hair cuts and we oblige. After 5 months, it is long enough to braid. I water it down while combing it to make it easier to braid.
Age 6. He goes to the bathroom at a birthday party and uses the girls’ restroom. The cat ears headband is a party favor. He checks his ears in the mirror before returning to the party.