I knew it was over due even as we sat down to talk. But opportunities for a quality chat alone with Katie aren’t as easy as they should be when a younger sibling Jessie is constantly around.
Saturday morning provided a perfect backdrop with a few hours alone with Katie and while she was still in good spirits and the conversation seemed ripe, I thought I’d take the opportunity to find out what she’d already gleamed (and still needed to know) about the birds & bees.
“ Are you going to give me the talk?” was the first question out of her mouth. It was hard to keep from laughing, but I managed to keep – mostly -- a straight face. According to the book of Katie, her current knowledge was limited (which I took as a good thing) Sex meant “hot mamas dancing” and babies came from tummies and were made by God. She wasn’t all wrong there, but it was clear that the finer points in between were still a mystery.
Anyway, our conversation was a good one peppered with a good sampling of “yucks” and “that’s gross.” I assured her that her thinking at her age was right on target, but wanted to make sure she understood in case anyone tried to convince her before she was a grown-up adult ( & married) that it was anything otherwise.
To be honest the “talk” was nearly as hard as I thought it might be. In a way I think that it means that we both were ready for it ... yup, another milestone in the mother/ daughter life cycle.
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