It’s been a big, big year for Amanda Jetté-Knox, a.k.a. The Maven of Mayhem. She’s always been a writer with a strong, clear voice, a writer that invites you in with good-natured self-deprecation as she examines her own life and the nuttiness of her family. Despite several challenges with her three kids, and taking a while to figure out what she herself wanted out of life, Amanda always manages to write with hope, hilarity, and heart as she welcomes you to her life with two wide open arms.
This year, her writing got a new focus when her middle daughter bravely told her parents that she was trans, and looking to transition from male to female. Amanda immediately met the situation as we all would hope to – with love and caring and passion about raising her daughter to be the happiest person she can be. With her daughter’s full permission, Amanda has been sharing their journey as she learns all she can – and sometimes muddles through the new parts – with absolute positivity and acceptance. The mixture of touching stories with laugh-out-loud commentary makes for compelling reading as we follow them both through a time that is sometimes stressful, but most of all full of joy.
The trans world could not have asked for a better spokesperson at a more critical time – but setting aside any importance, Amanda’s writing just makes for a damn fine read. We’re lucky to be able to share one of her great stories at Blog Out Loud.