A Period of Change, 2001


The first period I got in my entire life was when I was 10 years old. The date was September 11th, 2001, the day the World Trade Center was attacked. It was a Tuesday and I had just gotten to school, and about an hour into first-block math class the telephone on the wall rang and the teacher’s aid picked it up. Shock rang white in her face and she beckoned to my teacher with a limp finger. Hanging up the phone, she whispered into his ear and suddenly his expression matched hers.

“Students, go to your lockers and get ready to go home.” He said, completely monotone. “Two planes have just crashed in New York City and your parents are coming to pick you up.”

I was ten, I didn’t fully understand what was going on. Planes crashed all the time, what was so different about these two?

The youngest sixth-grader, I walked to my locker completely unaware of what was going on. All I knew was that I was going home, which seemed nice at the time because I had belly cramps and a headache. On my way to the main office I saw my friend Stacia crying. I asked her what was wrong.

“Didn’t you hear?” She said. “Those planes just hit a building! My uncle worked there!”

Before I knew it I was in my mother’s SUV heading home. She had tears in her eyes but I refrained from asking any questions.

When I walked inside my family’s apartment the television was turned on and my dad was parked in front of it, mouth agape. Suddenly I had to pee. Before I got a chance to glance at the carnage on CNN, I was off to the bathroom with a bad urge to go. I pulled down my pants and underwear and sat down, enjoying the relief when I spotted a bright red stain in the middle if my panties. Immediately I knew what it was.

“Mom!” I yelled from the bathroom. “Come quick!”

She rushed as fast as she could and as soon as she walked in and saw me on the can we both knew what was going on.

“You got your period.” She said. I nodded.

“Pads are in the cabinet. Congratulations Amy.”

Amy Burdick, United States

Amy is a student at Southern Vermont College. She is working on a book and works at a daycare center part-time.


14 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Natalie

    Wow, that sounds like quite the story!

    September 25th, 2009

  2. Lucy

    that was a great story. very wellspoken.

    September 25th, 2009

  3. Amber

    here is what happened to me…

    i came home from school and my friend angela said to come and hang out down the street so i did….
    we were playing for a few hours it started to get dark and so i came home i went to the restroom and nothing was there but for somreson ive been wonering for like 1 month about my period coming and so i was cleaning my self when i looked at the toilet paper it was oragne so i was wondering what was up and so i cleand my self agine and it got dark so i told my mom and she said there are some pads in your room under your bed and so i went to school and i told my friends that they jenksed me because they were talking to a girl about there periods and i said no and then i got mine later that day…

    WELL THATS MY STORY!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30th, 2009

  4. well alot happend on the day i started, i cant remember the date exaclty but i have it written on a calender somewheere aha. Well basically i started at school, but luckily i didnt leak thank god, it was about midday a few hours till we finished school, and my pants felt abit damp, i didnt really think anything of it, and at lunch i was goingt o go to the toilets then i didnt i dont know why haha. the nafter school , i went to asda [a supermarket in england] with my friend and i needed a wee. and i went in the toilet and i had aload of blood in my pants imediatly i was like shit! but iddnt do anything, i didnt tell my best firend who i was with so we went home after messing around in the store, i got home and imediatley chagned my pants and took a pad out of the bathroom, luckily i had an older sister who used them so i was very lucky, my mum was at work at the time so i texted her i said “umm mum ive started my period :S” and she imediatley replied “congratulations lily, we’ll talk when i get home!” ahah.

    October 10th, 2009

  5. Wow I really liked that story. Strange, but interesting.

    October 12th, 2009

  6. Julzie

    i was eleven when i got my first period. it was at my house on a saturday and i was SO happy not to be one of those girls panicking at school that got it in class or in the hall and everyone saw it!

    October 24th, 2009

  7. Tyra

    Its weird you had it the day the planes crashed. Such a sad day. Awesome story though! :)

    October 27th, 2009

  8. whoa that is so wild it is so neat though

    November 6th, 2009

  9. Carlesme

    This is the first entry I ever read in this blog, and I already love it!!! <3

    And wow, what an interesting day to get your first period….

    December 26th, 2009

  10. That is my favorite first period story! Isn’t the \Period Girl\ the best?!

    January 18th, 2010

  11. Kierra

    i got my period when i was 11 to but mines was on father’s day i thought it came form all of the strawberry kool-aid that i had that day

    February 7th, 2010

  12. Aidan

    Oh wow… that’s nothing how my first period went =)

    February 25th, 2010

  13. Margaret

    omigosh!!! september 11 was my birthday and (unfortuntley) i got it on my birthday that exact same year. i turned 17

    March 19th, 2010

  14. Meme

    I wanted my “Period” so badly. Then once the signs started to come I got anxious. Yes, I know everybody is different-some are early birds and some are late. Mine came late. I got my 1st period two days after my 14th birthday. So I call it “My Late Birthday Present”.

    March 20th, 2010