Saturday, July 21, 2012
Home-Schooling: The Sex Talk
It began as an everyday day. Having cleaned off a bowl of Lucky Charms, I placed it in the kitchen sink. Everything was fine so far, perfectly boring.
Then Dawn entered the room. She stepped towards me with wide-eyed authority. In the next few seconds, I’d receive news I’d never forget. Though I’d try.
“Robyn Mommy told me how babies are made. Wanna know?” Dawn allowed no time for response.
A fragile 9 year old, I planned to avoid boys forever, at least until after I married one. By then I’d be much older, like 22. In the moment, though, I wasn’t at all curious about babies or boys or anything besides going back into the den to watch Tom and Jerry.
But Dawn was a person of vast wisdom and maturity. She was 10.
So as my big sister stood inches from me on the blue and white speckled floor, I couldn’t help but listen.
Dawn scrunched up her face in preparation. She took in a quick, decisive breath. Next, the news spewed forth in a tone overflowing with disgust and glory. “The man puts his penis in the woman’s va-gi-na,” she informed, with enthusiastic emphasis on each syllable of “va-gi-na.”
Finished with her tutorial, my big sister turned and left the room.
I froze, confused, utterly mortified, determined to shake off what I’d just learned…It didn’t work.
Nearly 40 years later, it still doesn't work.
And to think, it began as an everyday day.
How were you home-schooled on sex? That was it for me. [Sometimes the silent messages have the loudest impact.] I'd love your story, maybe for an article in examiner.com - in which case, I'll let you know. At any rate, I welcome your version of Home-Schooling: The Sex Talk, either in the comments section below (if it's brief) or through email (see my profile page). Thank you!
Happy, sexy-or-ordinary weekend and new week!