Halloween 1998, Old Man with Old Wife
Obviously, I cannot be the old woman. Obviously, I cannot be the woman.
Krys Malcolm Belc is the author of The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood. His essays have been featured in Granta, Brevity, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Krys lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their three young children.
Photo credit Mark Likosky.
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