I can ride with that reading.
But I write because of your personal revelations towards the end. Congrats on the name. I like it a lot.
Now I have to re-examine why I named my 23 year old daughter Ashley.
Here in Britain it is perhaps more neutrally gendered. And I had in mind the character of Ashley from Iaai Banks’ The Crow Road. But I’ve never been able to shake the feeling that the incorrigible Mr. Williams also lurked in my subconscious when I named her.
Thanks for the piece. And congrats again on the legal change. Makes a difference doesn’t it?
Much love, many hugs