#WomanInMe - Talks to her son about the P word.
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#WomanInMe - Talks to her son about the P word.

Summer is here in Hyderabad. So are daily ice cream trips with the kids. The discussion happened over an ice cream when the 8 year old son popped the question at a red signal.

"Mommy, do some women wear diapers?"

I almost choked on the cold dessert inside my mouth.

"What do you mean?" I knew exactly what he meant! My mind was frantically searching for ways to field this question. I looked at the husband for help, but he kept staring ahead at the signal.

"You know, they show in advertisements. The girl is feeling nervous. They show that diaper can absorb a lot and then the girl is fine."

"Hmmm.." 

"So? Do they wear diapers?"

"Uh.. yes.. so it is like this. You know that women produce eggs, right?" I was glad that we had already had the-egg-meets-sperm-and-makes-a-baby discussion with him.

"Yes, I know."

"So, you know that the baby stays in a sac till it is born?"

"Yes, yes."

"Every month, a woman's body produces an egg and prepares to keep the baby by creating a spongy cushion in that sac. When the egg is not fertilized, the cushion is of no use and is discarded by the body. When that is coming out, the women have to wear the diaper for 5 days every month."

"Really? Every woman does that?" 

"Yes"

"Do you wear the diaper too, then?"

"Yes"

The son giggled but he sobered up soon. We had reached home.

"It is basically just blood, " I passed on the trivia as I got down from the car. The son was not interested anymore. His friends were waving at him, calling him to play.


Summer is here in Hyderabad. So are daily ice cream trips with the kids. The discussion happened over an ice cream when the 8 year old son popped the question at a red signal.

"Mommy, do some women wear diapers?"

I almost choked on the cold dessert inside my mouth.

"What do you mean?" I knew exactly what he meant! My mind was frantically searching for ways to field this question. I looked at the husband for help, but he kept staring ahead at the signal.

"You know, they show in advertisements. The girl is feeling nervous. They show that diaper can absorb a lot and then the girl is fine."

"Hmmm.." 

"So? Do they wear diapers?"

"Uh.. yes.. so it is like this. You know that women produce eggs, right?" I was glad that we had already had the-egg-meets-sperm-and-makes-a-baby discussion with him.

"Yes, I know."

"So, you know that the baby stays in a sac till it is born?"

"Yes, yes."

"Every month, a woman's body produces an egg and prepares to keep the baby by creating a spongy cushion in that sac. When the egg is not fertilized, the cushion is of no use and is discarded by the body. When that is coming out, the women have to wear the diaper for 5 days every month."

"Really? Every woman does that?" 

"Yes"

"Do you wear the diaper too, then?"

"Yes"

The son giggled but he sobered up soon. We had reached home.

"It is basically just blood, " I passed on the trivia as I got down from the car. The son was not interested anymore. His friends were waving at him, calling him to play.


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