July 30, 2008


My daughter just got her first period!


I remember Nikki Mardigras was the first girl in the sixth grade to get hers, and my first thought was, "Wow, now she could get pregnant." I would watch her from across the room in some unknown terror, as if just thinking about it could somehow knock her up.

I remember mine - not pretty. I had just moved back to America in January of Ninth grade, when I was 15. I bled so hard I left a puddle on the chair in French class. I remember the metallic smell. I had never been so embarrassed in my life. I had the worst cramps, to the point of being prescribed codeine, which I discovered I'm allergic to. Barfing & cramping is not a winning combination.

So now my daughter gets hers, and I think, "Wow, I could be a Grandmother!"