It is a truth universally acknowledged that kids say the darndest things. And while it is pretty hilarious when your kid makes an adorable and compelling argument against eating veggies, some of the best conversations come out of them trying to navigate puberty. It’s new, it’s terrifying and you are their guide through that ridiculous time. It’s also pretty hilarious as they discover the things we’ve taken for granted for years (maybe even decades).
Like the epic struggle that is finding feminine hygiene products in a grocery store. Not only do you have to locate the section itself (which is always a small miracle), you have about a 60 per cent chance of finding the exact product you’re looking for. And good luck finding someone you can ask for help. That aisle is always empty of employees.
In a hilarious text exchange this week, an Arkansas mother-daughter duo discussed the unbelievable difficulties of being women who need—gasp—tampons. The text conversation plays out almost like a scene from a feminist sitcom and concludes with an important feminist lesson.
Belinda Hankins sent her 13-year-old into a store to find tampons, which turned into quite the quest. They weren’t near the condoms and lube (‘MOM’) or the diapers (at that point, we’re pretty much assuming this is a store for men only). Eventually, the daughter finds them in a small unmarked section (‘no big sign reading ‘SUPER PERIOD CENTER”) and remarks that the tiny shelf of joint braces has a sign but no one bothered to label the aisle of mandatory lady products. Typical.
And the hilarity doesn’t end there either. Mom and daughter then comment on the taboo subject of (whispers) vaginas. If you ask us, mom is teaching the next generation of females just right. Why won’t men say the word ‘vagina’? Oh right, because they’re afraid of those ‘laser estrogen beams’ that can disintegrate an entire man with just one shot. A-plus parenting.
The best moms can turn a little inconvenience into a great learning opportunity. This is what our Grade five teacher would’ve called a ‘teachable moment.’ Any time is perfect for teaching your young daughter the valuable lesson that she is a powerful woman. Also, Belinda’s daughter may have a future in comedy. We sure love our female comedians (lookin’ at you, Schumer).
Daughter also drew a map to eliminate any future confusion. Looking for tampons? Head straight to the dangerous ‘Vagina Zone.’ If you dare.
Moral of the story: this is why we do WHAT every day?