As recently as a few years back I never would have thought possible that I could pass as a female in public and certainly not well enough to interact with the public and successfully pass.
As my outings increased and I was able to frequent the same coffee shops and stores a funny thing started to happen - I was being taken for a female. By now I knew the difference between being accepted as one but people knowing you were not and actually having someone think you were a biological female.
Once while having a coffee an older lady struck up a conversation with me and I of course played along all the while finding her charming and wanting to reveal I was actually a crossdresser for fear of having her recoil or scaring her. What I found was a very pleasant conversation was taking place and I found myself enjoying the feeling that I was passing.
The cunundrum of course is that having a person think you are something you are not is akin to deceiving. And knowing that this person might not understand or appreciate the reason you need to crossdress it paints you into an interesting corner.
I have met this lady on a few occasions after our initial meeting and have found her wise and interesting. As she lives alone and only has one daughter she seems to really appreciate our sharing a tea from time to time. She is savy and has a lot to talk about.
I am curious about what some of you have experienced in presenting as female to the world and how you have dealt by what appears to be deception (at least on the surface).