“I used to hate this kind of flower.” Fey rolls flower stalk between fingers. Ban-Mai-Roo-Roi is her Thai name which can be translated as Eternal Bloom in English.
Why? I ask.
"It's one of common flowers used in traditional ceremonies. Thai Teacher's Day, for example. You'll see Ban-mai-roo-roi or Eternal Bloom in every single pedestal tray that day." He tells nostalgic story with smile.
"When I grew up, things changed, I have changed. I fall in love with everything I sense from this flower. It's like divine creation: perfect round shape, amazing petals aestivation, long storage life as her name—Eternal Bloom."
I nod. "You even cherish her part that you once hated."
"Yes." Fey laughs. "I even cherish her sense of being traditional ceremony flower."
"This is my story." Fey look at plain paper and soft pastels. "Mine equals yours."
It’s time to paint us.
I look in the mirror
and start painting our left eye.
Second piece of non-binaries series
5000 x 6714 pixels