i misunderstood the concept
- Mom had tried to prepare me for the onset of what she called "ministration." She sorta hinted around about what might happen, but wasn't too clear. I read up on it in Dear Abby's column, so I knew some of what to expect. However, I got confused about what it meant. So when my first period started, as soon as I could, I went to church and told the Youth Pastor that I was now called to the "ministry" and wanted him to recommend a seminary for me! After all, I was now "ministrating" so it must be time, right? I didn't reveal this to the Youth Pastor, as I figured he would know. He was totally baffled (women were not encouraged to become ministers in those days) and tried to reason me out of it. Disappointed, I went home and complained to my Mom. She laughed. Then she bought me a box of Kotex and a girdle with garters. I'm still not sure what the girdle was for ...
- I'll admit to being the weird kid who really looked forward to getting my periods. But when it happened (7th grade) I had to tell my mom so that I could get some pads or something. But I was nervous. Apparently I was skulking around her trying to work up my nerves, when she finally said, "Are you pregnant?" I was so embarrassed!
- —Guest LeahT
too traumatic to continue
- My first period was so traumatic that I didn't get another one for years, and was considered a late bloomer. The school nurse was mean to me when I wanted to go home. Then when I got home, I wasn't home but in a temporary camp-out situation that my folks had created while waiting for a new house to be built. There was no indoor toilet and the "outhouse" did not have running water nearby. I was sick with cramps, headache, and diarrhea. My mother was a saint trying to help me, but the whole thing was a nightmare for me.
- —Guest ImIntoPilates
Right Before A Day Trip
- My sister got her first period in the middle of a weeklong camping trip attended by the entire 6th grade! Everyone knew, and she was one of the first to 'become a woman', so everyone was talking about it! She was determined to prepare me for mine, so I had been anticipating it for a long time. When it finally came, it was the morning of a day trip that I was taking with my family. My sister told my mom, and it ended up being a special day spent with the women of the family all knowing that something had changed for me. (I know this is a corny post, but that's how it happened!)
- —Guest Elizabeth