My 3rd grader came home from school the other day and reported that she had noticed a few girls in her grade have underarm hair.
At which point my 1st grader piped in, “But women don’t have underarm hair!”
Oh man, didn’t they cover this on “Good Luck Charlie” or “Jesse” or something? Do I have to explain EVERYTHING around here?!
So I told them that developing girls and women do indeed grow underarm hair. It’s just that some choose to remove it.
(And it grows on the legs. And eventually the upper lip. And the chin. And someday you’ll find yourself plucking it at traffic lights. And then you’ll be plucking the chin hairs from your mother’s chin because she can’t see them anymore.)
After I unveiled the mystery of the underarm hair, my 1st grader wanted to know, “What about that thing you told us about? When do girls get that?”
“Your period? Well, some girls get it very early like 9 or 10. Or you can get it much later, like in your early teens. Or somewhere in between. And then you get it once a month.”
“And how long does it last?” my first grader pressed.
“Oh about 5 days.”
“No, I mean, how many months?”
I took a deep breath. This wasn’t going to be the best news ever.
“Well, once you have your period, you’ll most likely keep getting it until you are in your 40s or 50s.”
And that’s when my daughters started laughing.
Because they honestly thought I was kidding.
I finally convinced them that yes indeed your period can last 35 to 45 years.
But I put my best spin on it. I told them – even though it’s kind of a pain (flashback to white shorts on the wrong day) it’s beautiful because it allows you to hopefully have a baby some day!
“But I don’t want a baby someday. We have a baby. I want a dog,” my 3rd grader pointed out.
Yeah, well, I can’t help you there.