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Friday, March 14, 2008

friday shorts

Zack has acclimated to the time change. He curls around my middle, and in the dark, he fingers my eyebrows before comparing them to his own.

He decides his are softer, but mine? They are like rainbows.

Somehow I know he is grinning.

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Lexi hands me a pamphlet, outlining the upcoming Talk about Puberty. Her crinkled nose tells me all I need to know.

"WEAREGOINGTOTALKABOUTTHISATSCHOOL? Wwwwhhhyyyy?"

When I try to explain that not every kid has this information, she trails off, trying to imagine a world where mothers don't initiate awkward conversations, utter embarrassing words.

Not that she'll ever know.

13 comments:

Melanie said...

This is basically how I reacted when my mom told me that I needed to get a training bra. Oh, BEASTMOTHER.

stu said...

You can tell her that Greg could do the talk... Which would be worse, Mom or Dad talking about private matters. I think she will pick you.

-Stu

mushroomvillagers said...

Actually, it was my dad who gave all four of us girls the talk. We had several evening sessions that even involved illustrations! It was embarrassing at first, but it was great.
I wish every child had a teacher at home.

JCK said...

You are such a good mom! Think you can write a dissertation for me about how to talk to your daughter about sex?

Love the eyebrow moment. Lovely.

Glad to see you haven't run off with Mustang! hahaha

susiej said...

OH!! That little talk hit our family last spring. They gave the boys a Old Spice deodorant. I guess they didn't want them to feel empty handed.

stephanie said...

I had something to say but SusieJ's ' leave empty handed' comment sent my brain off in a different direction...*Composing myself*

Oh - At least your girl handed over the flyer; my boy has yet to let us know. Of course that may have as much to do with his 'cram & lose' backpack strategy as his embarrassment.

Cheri said...

Mama Milton or Mommie Dearest? A matter of perspective. Enjoy!

John-Michael said...

Your comfortable immersion in the realities of your children's lives, and receptive spirit to their presence in yours, gives me a sigh of pleasant admiration. You do the Mom-person thing right well!

katydidnot said...

rainbow eyebrows? i want to take him home and carry him around in my pocket.

Mrs. G. said...

I love to periodically, especially in the car, review the subject. Just to shake them up and hear them groan. They always do.

flutter said...

ooooooh, boy

Minnesota Matron said...

Ah, Puberty. This creature is looming here. He turns 12 in July and hates it when anyone mentions anything BODY.

Suzanne said...

Your kids are so precious. My kids would tell me that my eyebrows are like huge, hairly caterpillars.