Conversation over family dinner table…
“What did the doctor say today, Big Girl?”, I asked wanting to see what the doctor said about her chest bone pain.
“He said that I need a training bra and that I should get my period within a year.”
“What?!!!” I manage to utter holding back my sudden urge to vomit!
She laughs uncontrollably. She looks at CPA wife and says, “I told you he would hurl!” Laughs some more.
I’m stunned that my eleven year old would not only say that but that she would be serious! And heck, I thought the only female that manipulated me was my wife!
After recovering and finishing dinner, the CPA wife and I sit alone at the table finishing off our wine…
“You know, you really need to stop FREAKING OUT when your daughter talks to you about female changes,” she says matter of factly with a sly smile.
I look into her eyes like a dog who knows he’s done wrong. “I know, she just caught me off-guard.” I’m a dad just realizing that he’s at the cusp of losing his little girl to womanhood.
“I mean, what are you going to do when the Big Guy begins puberty,” she continues, her smile growing. A sip of wine.
“He’s nine. Besides, boys are SO much easier than girls. Yeah, we change but we only have one feeling. Nothing as complicated as “the female change,” I tell her somewhat exasperated.
“Oh yeah, what if he’s gay?” she replies mercilessly.
My head hits the table. She smiles. “I win,” she says.
To me, she will always be my little girl.
All the best