My elder one preceded her younger sister to start menstruating, which is quite the natural thing to happen. But the little one couldn’t handle this seniority as it involved me and the elder one talking in whispers about a lot of things !
Also, whenever my elder needed help during those days, I’ll go into the room with her to teach her on how to do things hygienically and how to take care of herself during those times.
The younger one was left out of the room, which pissed her terribly. She’ll demand an explanation on what happened inside the room. She’ll want to know why I also went in with her. And the most important thing was why she wasn’t allowed to be inside with me and the elder one.
Sigh…she was too tiny to explain things to her. But we just continued this way.
After a year or so, I thought of explaining the basic menstruation stuff to the younger one. I also told her that it’s called periods. After all the basic things were explained, I left it to her analyze and come back to me, as she always does.
While I was in the kitchen, she comes in, leans on the kitchen door, with her forefinger on her cheeks, her glasses on the tip of her nose, deep in thought – “Ma, I’ve doubt on PP” !! It was such a hilarious sight, I tell you :D
I still remember her pose – she was damn cute :D
And for some reason, periods became PP, which she gave a meaning then. Now, no one remembers the meaning. But PP has just stuck.
It was not that only day. Every now and then, I’ll see her leaning on the kitchen door, with that simple statement – “Ma, I’ve doubt on PP”. It was just too funny, but I answered all her questions as honestly as I can. And all the things she did related to this PP, is a story for every day.
Some words like this are stuck in our everyday conversations, even though they don’t have any real meaning now, we just keep using them. Another word which we use often at home is Pow pow, which means talcum Powder…ha ha :D