Maak eens een kaarsje


Onder het motto 'een verrassing is geen verrassing als iedereen ziet wat je doet' heb ik in het geniep alle ingrediënten bij elkaar gezocht en heb mij in een kamertje teruggetrokken. Het grote verkeersbord 'verboden toegang' op de deur is voor de eventuele huiselijke passanten al een redelijke aanwijzing hier weg te blijven, maar het helpt ook enorm als je gewoon de sleutel in het slot omdraait. Dat heeft trouwens niet alleen met een verrassingseffect te maken, maar ook met de veiligheid.

Ik ben er klaar voor, de donkere tijd van het jaar komt eraan. Wat kan ik eraan doen? Simpel, ik kan zelf voor extra lichtjes zorgen. Kaarsen dus. Om kaarsen te maken gebruik ik heel wat restjes kaarsvet die door allerlei vrienden, kennissen en familieleden naarstig bij elkaar worden gesprokkeld. Waarvoor dank, uiteraard. Ik voeg daar trouwens ook altijd 'nieuw materiaal' aan toe.

Ik maak gebruik van speciale kunststof vormen om de kaarsen te maken. Dat vraagt wel wat aan voorbereiding. Allereerst haal je de lont door de vorm heen. Die lont moet je aan twee kanten van de vorm fixeren. Aan wat uiteindelijk de onderkant van de kaars wordt pin je de lont vast met een naald, soms, afhankelijk van de gekozen vorm, kun je ook een stuk ijzerdraad of een houtje gebruiken. Aan de toekomstige bovenkant fixeer ik de lont met een kunststof pinnetje. Je kunt ook plakband proberen, maar voor mij werkt dat minder goed.

Kaarsen maken vraagt de nodige zorgvuldigheid en voorzichtigheid. Ik maak gebruik van een vorm, waarbij de meeste kaarsen aan de onderkant breed en aan de bovenkant smal worden. Om het gesmolten kaarsvet in de vorm te gieten staat deze dus precies andersom, de smalle kant onder. Op een ongelijke ondergrond kan de mal gemakkelijk omvallen en een dekentje van kaarsvet over je tafel leggen. Je zou kunnen denken aan een standaardje van ijzerdraad om wat meer stabiliteit aan de vorm te geven, ik heb ook wel eens gewerkt met een bakje wit zand, waarin ik de punt van de vorm druk. Soms werk ik met paraffine, maar je kunt ook met bijenwas werken om kaarsen te maken. Hoe dan ook, het gieten van de gesmolten was vraagt om zorgvuldigheid. Lekkende vormen kunnen voor alternatieve waslijntjes zorgen op tafel.

Zelf vind ik het leuk om met verschillende kleuren te werken, kaarsen die uit één kleur paraffine of was zijn gemaakt zul je bij mij niet veel tegenkomen. Ik maak kaarsen in verschillende formaten, die het prima doen op kandelaars of in lantaarns.

Als de kaarsen klaar en afgekoeld zijn, kun je ze uit de vorm halen. Meestal zijn er op de buitenkant van de vorm allerlei wasdruppels of waslijntjes ontstaan, die kun je er gewoon van af halen. Kaarsvet kan hinderlijke vlekken op de vloer geven, dus het is zaak om alle stukjes afval zorgvuldig in de  afvalemmer te gooien.

En dan is het klaar. Ik heb de camera erbij gepakt om jullie enkele exemplaren te laten zien. Mooi geworden, toch?


(c)2018 Hans van Gemert

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De oplettende lezer heeft wellicht in bovenstaande een tiental steekwoorden teruggevonden. Dat klopt, het verhaal past ook in de schrijfuitdaging van december 2018:

Nog enkele van mijn bijdrages in deze schrijfuitdaging

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My friend is a woman
My friend is a woman - How I, as a straight woman, try to deal with my friend's transition from man to woman.“I want to be a woman.” - These words are still engraved in my memory as if he uttered them yesterday. In reality, he told me them at the end of last year, somewhere early October 2019. I fell from the sky. Of course I already knew that my friend was not a cliché machoman, and let that be exactly what attracts me so much about him. He is also autistic, because of which he can not always name his feelings and emotions, this is called “alexithymia.” We've been together for almost four and a half years now, and in the meantime, you know a thing or two about each other. For example, he told me that he used to wear dresses of his sisters for fun.Not a big deal, you might think. My mother had shortened and taken one of my father's overalls so I could walk through the mud with overalls and rubber boots and play farmer. However, what my friend never told me is how he felt when wearing those dresses, because he could never explain his emotions. Now this is still difficult for him, but with the help of a psychologist and sexologist, he slowly but surely comes out. He felt “right “when he wore those dresses, like he had to wear those dresses, and he always would. But he was born a man and his parents always raised him like that. My friend has a mustache, a beard, broad shoulders and a heavy voice. Nothing about him has ever made me - or anyone around me - suspect he's transgender.First appointment with the sexologist. - On October 14, he had his first appointment with a sexologist attached to a hospital in our region. That was a very difficult day for me, because my head told me he'd come back from the hospital as a woman. No, no, no. His sexologist helps him to (re) discover his orientation, his gender and who he wants to be. The appointments were supposed to come monthly. My friend has a counselor who helps him because he's autistic, and she's been with him once to the sexologist. I haven't dared to do it so far. After his penultimate appointment with the sexologist, he comes home and says, “I can start hormone therapy, it's really going to happen!” I can tell you that I felt terrified that day, and I had one panic attack after another and systematically hid it all from my friend. To this day, I still have panic attacks, although thanks to my new antidepressants, these are a lot less frequent.To the endocrinologist. - At some point, my friend's autism supervisor is sitting with us, and she says to him, “Oh yes, I have mapped out our train and bus routes to get to Mortsel”. I fell all the way from the sky. When I asked why they went to Mortsel and when, the counselor looked at me amazed. She thought I knew they were going to Mortsel together. No, no. Apparently, there's an endocrinologist. I had NEVER heard the word in my life, but apparently this is also called a 'hormone doctor', who is very concerned with diabetic patients, but also with people with hormone problems or, in this case, transgender. My throat was kind of pinched. Hormones already? A thousand and one questions popped my head in, and most of them are still there.The first hormone pill. - Yesterday it was then time: he was allowed to pick up the prescription for his hormones from the GP. He then did this and he immediately went to get the medication from the pharmacist. Yesterday he also immediately took his first two doses. I am terrified. Realistically, I know that no changes will be noticeable for the time being, but they will actually be there. For him, of course, it was great. He loves this whole process, he will finally become who he wants to be and he hopes to finally be truly happy. And I'll give him that. How hard I give him that.- Oh, my... But what about me? - I am straight. Of course, I can greatly appreciate the beauty of some women (who not?) , but I'm not attracted to women. My friend keeps telling me that he will not change much, but how can the transformation from man to woman be called “not much” now? What's going on with our relationship? I love my friend, but I really love it, and now I feel like I'm grieving. Because soon “my friend “will be gone. Then there's a woman in its place. He's not out of the closet with my parents, who are actually his parents, since his real parents have never been parents to him (are you still following?) , and plans to do this through a letter, because that way he can get out of his words more easily, and he can't tell them face-to-face, afraid of their reactions. He already wrote that letter, and I already read it. When he plans to send these to my parents, I don't know. But I'm also afraid of my parents' reaction. I'm afraid of everything right now. - This is the beginning of what is likely to become a long series. With this I give you a broader insight into my life at Yoo.rs, which is currently completely upside down. #transgender #holebi #hetero #lgbtq #persoonlijk
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