Growing up, I learned a lot of information from my sister,
Sarah. She paved the way for me and that made me feel more at ease about all the
changes I was going through.
I remember hearing my sister ’s
first period stories. I was probably in third or fourth grade. For some reason,
I already knew what a period was; the knowledge was just already there. I was always
surrounded by women (my aunts, my cousins, my sister, my mom) so I guess before
it happened to my sister, it must have been something we discussed casually. My
mom yelled at her because she thought that my sister spilled make-up all over her
white shorts. Little did she know it was not make-up!
I don ’t clearly remember
getting my first period. My mom didn ’t prepare
me, but I don ’t think I necessarily needed preparation
because I had already witnessed my sister going through it. I do recall that I was
in sixth grade, and it happened in May. I was pretty ready for it to come. I remember
talking to my friends about it, hoping to become "grown up" soon. When it happened,
I told my mom, sister, and grandma. Then I told some friends, and soon enough, everyone
knew. I didn ’t really care about them knowing.
I wasn ’t ashamed.
My mom told me to wear pads until I felt comfortable enough
to use tampons. That lasted one month. In June, I had a dance recital, and I couldn ’t wear underwear; I had to try using tampons. I
read the instructions in my bathroom, tried all of the different positions, and
finally got it in. But I realized something was not right. I asked my sister if
I was supposed to keep the entire tampon inside of me. She told me to only use the
cotton part; the other part was the applicator, used to help with insertion. I took
it out and tried again. This time it was more comfortable and eventually I got the
hang of it.
After getting my period, I felt older because I had been
told that getting your period is a sign of maturing; I was growing up. Getting my
period was not exactly what I thought it would be. I had to learn to deal with it,
and I have. Looking back, one thing about getting your period that I do admire is
that it is a bridge from adolescence to womanhood, and that is vital to many young
girls while growing up.
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