A Writer’s Diary – Two Fantastic Women

BB1FF4B5-A150-4942-B7DB-C0717128B26CI love my two isolation mates. Good thing as we have shared the last month together and will most likely share at least one more. They have their room, office space and hotel duties and I have my space. We get together for delicious Ecuadorian lunches, language exchange lessons and for the occasional movie. Life is good between us. We are family.

Yesterday we took a long walk along the river. It was a beautiful sunny day and good to be outside. Cars are not permitted on the weekends but other pedestrians shared the trail keeping within the social guidlines and all wearing face masks. Upon our return to the hotel they asked if we could watch a movie after my nap. I agreed and sent them a list of three or four movies I had downloaded from iTunes which have Spanish audio with English subtitles. I told them to check the movie reference in Spanish on the internet and let me know.

Their selection was *A Fantastic Woman* staring Daniela Vega. An excellent film I highly recommend adding it to your movie que. I was surprised by their selection because of Isabell’s religious views but we watched it together.

When the movie ended I asked what they thought and if they were offended by the content.

“Was that a man or a woman.” Kelly asked.

“Well, he was a man who transitioned into a woman and she was the first trans gender person to star in a major film. The film received an academy award for best foreign film in 2017 and a number of other awards.”

“You mean that woman was a man in real life and not just in the movie?” Isabel asked.

We are using a translation app of course.

“At one time yes. Now she is a woman. I sent you the list of films so you could research your choices in Spanish.” I answered.

“O’” Kelly said. “We saw the title, A Fantastic Woman and figured we are two fantastic women so it would be a good movie to watch about another fantastic woman.”

I had to laugh at the logic and yet I completely understood. “Yes. Mi amigas, you are both fantastic women.”