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RAIN p447 - Wish



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This is where the chapter gets fun.  ^_^

Incidentally, I don't think this is a terribly uncommon occurrence among trans folk (not that it's exactly a requirement either).  Speaking purely for myself, any time growing up that I'd be told to "make a wish," only one thought ever came to mind (although, I wanted the opposite thing Vincent did... and I didn't shout out my wishes).  And I took every opportunity!  That's not just birthday cakes either.  See also stars, wishbones, dandelions, eyelashes, necklace chains and - back when I was a religious kid - even outright prayer.  I even considered including it on a Christmas list a couple times, but I was afraid my parents would read it before Santa saw, so I opted out.  Looking back, I was a naive, little kid.  Or maybe just desperate. XD  

For what it's worth though, I STILL wish for the same thing on my birthday cakes.  It's become like a reflex for me.

ANYway, given that Vincent is 35, this flashback would date back thirty years before the story's present day.  So, this is SUPPOSED to be 1983.  I had to do a Google Image search of that year to get an idea of how people should look to at least attempt accuracy, but I really don't know how well I did.  It is kinda before my time (albeit only slightly).  Looking at the dad, I think I got the glasses down though. XD

The "childhood story" Rain is referring to is, incidentally, the very first page.  ;P

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Actually, in 1983 the sort of horrible blocky plastic glasses frames that have recently come back into fashion were more common, especially among socially conservative white working class folks.  The aviator specs were more of a "fashion forward" sort of look, if you know what I mean.  The handlebar mustache was more of a 70's thing.  But none of this really occurred to me until I started analyzing Vincent's dad's look after reading the description.  The overall effect works well and would not have been out of place in 1983.  Although for some reason after having thought about it his look actually makes me think of someone flying small planes smuggling cocaine for the Colombians. (j/k)

Maybe I'm just getting old, but when I see those ads for that fashionable glasses company (What's it called?  Warby Parker or something?)  I keep thinking, "You got some bell bottoms and an 8 track player to go with those?"  Personally I think that company is going to be responsible for the internet blowing up in 20 years when a virus goes out of control that someone wrote to destroy all the old photos of themselves wearing those glasses.

This is my first time reading Rain and I'm really loving it so far.  ^_^