I don’t know what it is (hormone’s in cows milk?) but girls these days develop so much earlier than I did many moons ago. The anatomy of a 9-year-old girl is certainly different today than it was in the 60’s. It was unheard of for a girl to have a menstrual cycle at 9 years old. I didn’t even know what that was until I was in my teens. In fact, I was old enough to date before Aunt Flo visited me for the first time. When my daughter hit puberty at 9 and now my granddaughter has, all I can think about is how much money it will take to buy sanitary products until they reach menopause. Does that make me sound cheap, lol?
There is a reason for this introduction. I have a neighbor who is absolutely hilarious and she was with me when I was shopping for sanitary napkins for when my granddaughters who are “cursed” are at my home. And she told me her story on the subject, which goes something like this…
Everyone around her was starting their periods except her. Her sister, her cousin, every one she knew was having one. But not Ms. M. Uh uh, no not her. And she took offense to this. She wanted her cycle. She deserved her cycle. It wasn’t fair that everyone else was having one except her. She cried, month after month after month. She prayed, month after month after month. And still no visit from Aunt Flo. She finally talked her mom into taking her to the doctor to see if anything was wrong with her. They gave her some pills, I’m guessing they were birth control pills, to see if that would help. And bless her little heart, she finally had the long-awaited period she desired. She was on top of the moon.
Well, her mom couldn’t continue to buy the pills after that first month so she snuck off one day to go see a lady who she calls the healer. I have to be honest in saying I have no idea what a healer is (for some reason I’m picturing a witchcraft & voodoo type person). But she went. She told the healer of her problem and the healer advised her she’d be able to help. I can see her now, excitement written all over her face.
She was given very clear instructions on how to have the beloved cycle she desired. She said them out loud. She memorized them. She was ready.
The healer told her to wear her panties for 3 straight days. As a clean freak, this thought hurts me to my core. She couldn’t change them or remove them, which I’m guessing meant no bath for 3 days. Then, she had to walk around her house in a complete circle backward. Then, and only then, she was to remove her panties and burn them. Well, Ms. M was so happy to burn the panties she had worn for 3 days and said she’d never try that again. That pretty much cured her desire to want a menstrual cycle (as it would me too).
She’s 65 years old and she has no idea how lucky she was to have lived a life of no cycle. But I know.
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