Linking up with Yay for Home! for Things I Know.
A few years ago Erik asked me about his birth, specifically, he wanted to know if he had been born via caesarian section. In the interest of honesty I told him he hadn't, that he'd descended through my cervix and out through my vagina. He then wanted to know if I had to shave my pubic hair so that he could come out. i said I didn't. At this moment Luey giggled and pointed at him and announced, 'You were born out of a hairy hole!' I turned to Luey and said, 'So were you!' The boys then proceeded to jump around the loungeroom yelling at each other that they were born out of a hairy hole...
Why am I telling you this? Well, because I'm the only person in this house with a vagina and sometimes I feel like an alien!
The other night we were sitting at the dining table and Erik was telling us about a school excursion to a museum to see true replicas of the human body, 'even the rude bits!' he exclaimed.
'Rude bits?' I said, 'They're not called rude bits, Erik. They're genitals!'
'Muuu-um' Luey sang next to me, wiping his face with his hand as if I'd just spat on him.
'Luuu-ey,' I replied in kind, 'Seriously boys, they're just body parts, like your hand or your ear. They're penises and vaginas'
'Muuu-um!' it was Erik's turn to act as if I'd assaulted his sensitive ears.
Bryn was in fits of six year old giggles, complete with hand over his mouth and furtive glances at the others. The Grumpy Old Man was rolling his eyes in support of Erik.
'What!' I directed pointedly at him.
'Not at the table...' he said pushing meatballs around his plate with all the enthusiasm of a man waiting to be struck by lightning.
'Vagina! Vagina! Vagina!' I said loud enough for the dog walkers outside to hear.
'Muuuu-uuuum!' the boys sang in chorus.
So, this is what I know about hairy holes:
- No matter how open and honest you are, your kids will still pick up the notion that they are 'rude bits' and something to be shy and giggly about.
- It can feel a bit like a one woman crusade to inform sons about Natures completely normal and, well, natural processes when you are the only member of the Vagina Club in your household.
- It is, nonetheless, important to be open and honest and not shy and giggly.
- It is important to be able to laugh with you children while still ensuring they understand their bodies are, in no part, taboo!
What do you know?