December 3rd, 2008
|02:27 pm - Slow news day|
"That was the school," says one of my coworkers. "My daughter got caught fooling around with a boy. I haven't even given her The Talk yet."
"Oh, man," says one of my other coworkers. "It was bad enough hearing my mom talk about sex. I could never do that with my daughter. If some dude ever saddles me with a kid, he gets to give the sex talk."
"It's not that it's my daughter," says the first woman, "I get embarrassed talking to anybody about... you-know-what."
Someone else: "What?"
The first woman does what looks to me like the Huuuuge Tracts of Land gesture from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. No one else says anything, so she says, "you know... You know!" More unrelated gesturing, and then she whispers, "sex!"
The embarrassment speech was pretty entertaining, but maybe you had to be there. Less entertaining: The daughter is eight.
Current Mood: grumpy
Current Music: The Nameless City
|Date:||December 3rd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)|| |
That was entertaining. You transcribed it very well.
Eight? That's hardly " 'Uge Tracts 'o Land" territory. That's not even an acre.
I was seven when I was given The Talk. A week later I was caught behind the house fooling around with the boy who lived nextdoor.
8 year old experimenting with a boy is NOT uncommon, not abnormal... but it is about 8 years too late to start taking about bodies and boys and girls and what is an isn't okay ways to touch people... so your co-worker has some catching up to do!
However right you may be about it not being uncommon, the degree of fooling around was so impressive that I probably shouldn't detail what I know in LiveJournal. You're absolutely right, though, about informing kids.
You've gotta teach them when they're at that age when everything is new information & being stored so there's no giggling or need to blush. The sun makes the day warm, the dogs food dish is only for the dog & you shouldn't touch anyone else's pee-pee. Dad grew up on a ranch so he knew about the facts of life right away from watching the animals & asking. That still didn't make the talk any less awkward when I was nine.
Ah, yeah the degree wasn't clear in your message. hope the mom gets right on that!