another laundry moment

I feel so defiled.

I was in the laundry room checking pockets when I found a tampon applicator in Malin’s pants pocket. My first thought was, “How cute. She has no idea what this is, but she thought it was pretty…” Then I investigated further….. it was empty.

And I don’t have any blue tampons in my house.

And we were at a Super Bowl party the evening that she was wearing those pants.

I’d planned on waiting several more years before I brought up the concept of “Aunt Flo” to either of my girls. But if I didn’t say something today, she’d probably start collecting the things like Wesley collects the caps off of water bottles.

So I brought the girls into my bedroom for the grand inquiry. Sadly enough, I was right about where it came from – a trash can in a church restroom.  (!!!)  As I attempted to tell them a very bland version of the purpose of a tampon, (a version that requires no follow-up questions or desire for more details) they looked at me like I was telling them that people don’t actually exist – we’re just a figment of each other’s imaginations.

Thankfully it was GameCube time (Judah’s new Lego Star Wars game!) and they were quickly distracted. But I wonder what kind of questions will come out of this tomorrow…. or next month. Malin absorbs information. I’ll hear more about this one day…..

I think I’d rather reach into my kid’s pocket and pull out a dead frog.


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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One Response to another laundry moment

  1. Becky says:

    Oh my! The things kids find.
    I saw an episode of America’s Funniest Home Video’s and two little boys found a tampon and thought it was dynamite. They gave it to their Mom all upset and concerned.
    Kids are funny!


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