My first monthly period has a Christmas In July tie-in
July 25, 1964
It has been almost 38 years since then, but I'll never forget that date, which was a time of joy for me!
But let me back up a few months before then to shortly after my eleventh birthday.
I remember sitting in the bathtub and suddenly noticing something that was exciting to me:
My otherwise baby-bald pubic triangle now had a single hair growing from it!
I hollered for my folks to come into the bathroom and check it out--and they confirmed my suspicions that I'd just gotten my very first grown-up pubic hair!
Sometime later, I'd sprouted a second one.
Now, I had two whole pubic hairs!!!
But not for long, because the first one fell out.
I picked it up and put it into a tiny cardboard box with a transparent lid and a cotton square in the bottom--a box that had probably once held a pin or a pair of earrings.
My plans were to save it for when I grew up and show it to my daughters when they got to be my age--and, in later years, even my grandkids.
My first pubic hair was going to become a family heirloom!!!
Now, I have no idea where the darn thing is--though it's probably down in the basement stored in a box somewhere from where we were hurried out of our house--which you can read details about here:
My folks and I have always been open about discussing the facts of life, so I also had a little kit called Miss Deb that would give me what I needed for starters whenever my period appeared.
Of course, I was expecting to be just like Mommy--with an abundance of bright-red blood that would first decorate my panties and, then, would be caught by the pads in the kit.
But it didn't quite happen that way.
A couple of days before July 25, 1964, I noticed small, brown splotches on my panties.
A hopeful feeling came over me--but I didn't really believe it, because the color and amount wasn't what I'd been expecting.
I quickly came to the conclusion that I just hadn't used enough toilet-paper the last time that I'd done #2 and thought nothing more about it.
On July 25, I noticed an even greater amount of brown spots.
I'd thought that I was always a very careful wiper, so why was I leaving such obvious skidmarks in my panties?
Could it be possible that I was really growing up!?!
I hollered for my folks to come and tell me what they thought.
They examined my panties and both of them agreed that I had begun having monthly periods!!!
It was a time to celebrate!!!
I went right into the bedroom and got out my Miss Deb kit, and had my mom to help me to put the pad on properly.
Then, I took off on my bike, because I could hardly wait to tell my grandma and two of my older female cousins.
After telling them, I was still bursting with excitement-generated energy, so I rode my bike down the hill and into the cornfield.
And this is the way I remember getting my period!
It was a beautiful memory for me, and I had a loving and supportive family to make it a special ocasion with me!
Fast-forward to the future:
I'm still having periods--and they're more like what I was expecting my first one to be like.
In fact, they go WELL-BEYOND those expectations I had as an eleven-year old.
They can be a mess at times--and I sometimes even refer to them as "the curse."
However, I'm just kidding about that, because, even with PMS and messiness, they're a wonderful part of me--and they often take me back in memory to that special joy I felt that summer day so many years ago!
Which brings me to CHRISTMAS in JULY. . .
As many of you know, I did this book report here sometime back:
Within this report, I enclosed a link for a website about orphans that contained, among other things, a link to The Sad Orphan Foundation.
I hope that you'll read my review, if you haven't already.
Even if you have, I hope that you'll return to the website and find out what's new and different there.
If you go to the messageboard, you'll find that Roger is in the process of posting the wants and needs of children in different cottages.
When he gets them all posted, the various needs--and even wants--will include things like toothpaste, soap, and sanitary napkins.
That's right! Basics!
I grew up taking for granted that there would always be things like soap, toothpaste, and sanitary napkins available for me, so my Christmas lists, birthday lists, etc. contained only wants--things like the latest albums and singles by people such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, etc. along with books, art supplies, new Monopoly games to replace worn-out ones, and so-on and so-forth.
Within those basics on the lists by the kids were a few toys, books, etc. here and there.
Please check out those lists and choose one or more kids to get something for--preferrably, something practical (e.g. a bar of soap or a package of sanitary napkins) and something that's just plain fun (e.g. a kite, a frisbie, a ball, some soap-bubbles).
Think back to your own special childhood memories that you'll treasure forever, and do what you can to make some happy memories for an orphan!