I’ve always wanted a daughter
  • Author: Ofrit Matzas
  • Language: English
  • Category: ביוגרפיה, יהדות, שואה

I’ve always wanted a daughter

A mother’s powerful, honest memoir that sheds light on the process of her daughter’s gender transformation and the wonderful things she learned along the way.

When Ofrit brought her firstborn daughter into this world, a dream she always had, she was on cloud nine.

She had no idea what the future had in store for her.

“Mom, I want to get a haircut.” That is how it all began. “What is she talking about?” Ofrit thought to herself, puzzled. “Where did this come from all of a sudden? To cut her long, blond, streaming hair, that scissors had never touched from the day she was born? After all, she had never wanted to get a haircut.”

That is how it all started, without any warning, in the middle of her life.

For Liron, however, this did not come out of nowhere. For years she had wanted to live by her own truth, and fight for what was right for her.

Liron carried her Mom away on the rapids, adhering to decisions that changed the whole family. Overnight, Ofrit’s dream was shattered and her personal world underwent an enormous upheaval.

All the while, Liron gradually turned into a handsome young man, and through his own journey, he tought Ofrit new things about herself—infinite determination, hope, love of others, lines that one should not try to straighten according to what society dictates and that free choice is as much a person’s right as their obligation.

I’ve Always Wanted a Daughter is a moving, sometimes unsettling, memoir that provides a true and honest glimpse, full of hope and love of into the new life experienced by the family members of those who decide to enter a gender transformation process.