This teen was actually a good sport when her mom threw her a period party
Not a lot of girls are stoked about getting their first periods.
I was in a public bathroom with my mom. As she gushed excitedly about me “finally becoming a woman,” I kept my beet-red face pointed at the ground to avoid eye contact with any strangers who walked by. Luckily for me, that was the end of it — my conservative Catholic mom didn’t say another word to me about periods after that, and I’m not complaining. Talk about awkward.
That’s why I’m so impressed by 12-year-old Brooke Lee, who not only tolerated but also seemed excited about the full-on party her mom threw for her to celebrate her first visit from Aunt Flo.
Brooke started her period today & my family is super extra 😂😩 pic.twitter.com/ed14gNrgKf
— Ahhdum (@autumn1shea) January 10, 2017
From boxes of tampons wrapped in red polka-dot paper to a cake emblazoned with “Congrats on your period” in red icing, everything about Lee’s period party should have been weird and awkward, but she looked like she was having a great time.
Lee’s cousin, Autumn Jenkins, posted photos of the party on Twitter, where they’ve been retweeted more than 7,000 times.
“Brooke wasn’t embarrassed by the period party,” Jenkins told Mashable. “She thought it was funny. It’s kinda normal for our family to do something like this.”
Jenkins even thinks period parties could become something that help empower young girls.
“I think that this story teaches girls, and even guys, that periods aren’t a horrible or embarrassing thing. Its a milestone and [a] big part of a girls life,” she said.
And Twitter has definitely been here for the party idea. Responses to Jenkins’ tweet have been hilarious, but supportive.
@autumn1shea I love this. A lot of people scare away from menstruation and dont give proper information that girls need. Shes got a good team around her
— Desy (@iBECREEPINNNNN) January 14, 2017
@autumn1shea the fact that the icing is red too is killing me
— Angela Martin (@RueBleue_) January 13, 2017
@autumn1shea Your family sounds great, that kind of support is super important! \m/
— Louvelune (@anarschtroumpf) January 13, 2017
@autumn1shea if this ain’t red velvet they doing it wrong
— C.M. Draco (@sadityhoodlum) January 14, 2017
So, moms, apparently a first period party may not actually be a bad idea. But that probably depends on your kid — I would have murdered my mom if she had done something like this for me.