It was a Wednesday night, American Idol was going to be on. My mother was laying on the couch half asleep.
I had just turned ten years old in November. I wanted my period so bad. My best friend Paedrin had gotten hers the month before, and my friend Kassy had gotten hers in December. At the age of 10 I was already a C-cup starting to get an hourglass shape. I looked the most mature out of all my friends but I still hadn’t gotten my period.
I got up to go to the bathroom and discovered a red spot on my fairy underwear. “So I guess I got my period” were the exact word I said out loud as I sat there on the toilet. When I looked under the sink to find a pad all I could find were big bulky pads that my sister liked to use that were about an inch and a half thick (seriously, that pad could have been used as a pillow!). I skipped American Idol that night. I went to my room and I text messaged my sister: “I started”. A minute later my sister calls me to congratulate me and make sure I found a pad. Suddenly, I started crying. I don’t know why. Maybe because I knew things would change. I’m not quite sure.
The next day I went to school in my favorite jeans, and I was walking very weird. I hate the feeling of blood gushing out. I always think it’s going to overflow. I went to the nurse saying I felt sick and went home. My mom could tell something was up. When I got home I just lay down. I was so glad I didn’t have to worry about blood overflowing and everyone finding out about my dirty secret. I fell asleep for a while, and when I woke up, my mom came in the room telling me that she was going to the store to get some stuff for me. She returned with a big bag. She sat on the edge of my bed and said, “A mother can always tell,” then dumped the bag onto my bed. She explained the different kinds of pads and tampons and how to use them (even though I already knew because of the embarrassing video we watched the year before). My mom was so happy that I had started my period but didn’t realize that I had actually started it the day before. She tried to comfort me best she could.
The next day I went to school for two class periods before going home. I was just too uncomfortable at school. My mother and I went out for lunch to celebrate.
Every year, the 6th grade goes on a field trip to Catalina Island for four days of hiking, snorkeling, learning about marine biology, fish and the history of the island. And I was prepared. Three of my friends went on their periods and hadn’t brought anything. They were all too scared to ask the counselors because it would be too embarrassing. They heard that I had brought supplies and came to me immediately. It was the last day of the trip so my stuff was packed and ready to be put on the boat. I quickly went into my bag and got out the big plastic bag. My friends looked at me like I was crazy because I practically brought a whole store of feminine products. But they were all very happy that I brought supplies. My mother had told me to always be prepared in case someone might need it.
Maddy enjoys sleeping, hanging out with friends, and going to beaches with really cold water.