It isn’t every day that you see a kid amused with something some of us would take as very private. How is it one little stick-like thing can make a woman cringe with utter embarrassment? Just over two years ago I would unhappily discover all the ways a toilet could get stopped up and how a plumber will get stuff out of your pipes. Now imagine my horror as he finds what is the culprit of one-of-many clogged toilets when he simply said, ,”I think it is important to inform you that tampons are not flushable.” My face must’ve turned into multiple shades of red but of confusion too. “Ummm, I know this. But it wasn’t me.” I knew it hadn’t been me because I was pregnant, therefore I was not using them and every woman knows not to flush a tampon.
Looking around for a moment he notices Little A (about 5 at the time) and says, “You might want to explain to your little one that these are not suppose to float or become submarines.” That’s when it dawned on me, my little boy was getting enjoyment out of my tampons, the one thing I had a hard enough time even shopping for he apparently thought was a toy.
Later I would ask him what exactly he would do with them. He showed me how they would shoot out of the covers and plop into the toilet and disappear. No, I did not let them sink, I quickly scooped them out explaining how this was not a toy and would end up getting boats for the bathtub for him. Yes, my son took it upon himself to have fun with my tampons. So why does it surprise me when Nicoli (17 months old) discovered his sister’s pads and took them all out of the bag and was happily building with them. He got so upset when I would take them away and kept trying to go back to find them, if he succeeded he would make little roads or continue with stacking. What is it about feminine products that seem to attract little boys? Yes, this is my wacky or weird Wednesday moment. Do you have one?