Telling My Daughter the Truth

Describing the impending changes of womanhood to an 11-year-old
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Telling My Daughter the Truth

Describing the impending changes of womanhood to an 11-year-old

-Leslie Adler

Sydney and I were in the drug store, waiting on line to pay, when Sydney noticed the two elderly women in front of us. They were, I’m guessing, in their eighties. One had a walker the other was pushing their cart which had only two jumbo sized boxes of “Poise” pads in it.

“Mom, I think they’re sisters,” she whispered to me.

“Yeah, I think you’re right. Cute, huh?” I whispered back while imagining Sister Lovey and I one day taking care of each other.

“And look,” Syd said, “They still get their periods.”

Choking back a laugh (no, a huge guffaw) I say, “I don’t think that’s possible honey.”

“Then why are they buying those?” she asked pointing to the Poise.

“I think because of loss of bladder control,” I said.

Syd looked at me like I had three heads and said nothing till we got in the car.


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8 thoughts on “Telling My Daughter the Truth

  1. My 10 year old daughter and I talk armpit hair, hair down there, BO, periods, boys-are-stupid, boobies … talking like that (and like the author does with her daughter) is a great way to keep the conversations COMFORTABLE when the talking starts getting tough. Nice job on this!

  2. i wasn’t comfortable talking to my mom about these things until I was in my twenties, but if you’re both comfortable with it i think that’s fantastic. I’m hoping to have a relationship like this when/if I ever have a daugther.

  3. This was awesome! I love the open relationship you have with your daughter! I had that always with my mother as well. If I had a daughter I would hope our relationship would be just as great!!!

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