Guy rescues hiking pal with secret stash of period products
Aside from walking down the aisle at your wedding, it’s tough to think of a more inconvenient moment to get your period than in the middle of the wilderness with no “equipment.” That’s what happened to one unlucky woman, but thankfully, Dave the Period Fairy was there to save the day.
No, Dave doesn’t come fluttering down from the sky on wings made of pantiliners and tampon strings (though that would be pretty fantastic,) but he does come in awfully handy when Aunt Flo pays an unexpected visit in the worst of circumstances. Reddit user I_removed_something, who calls herself “Jane” in this story, was on a hiking trip with all bros when her crimson tide unexpectedly hit shore. Her tale is one of heroism and possibly, romance — because once you read this, you’ll want to marry Dave.
Jane explains that she takes hikes three times a week with the same crew, which typically includes two women, but this time, it was just her and the dudes — Dave, John, and Teddy.
Usually, their hikes take three to five hours, after which they eat lunch and call an Uber to pick them up. That day, they were taking the longest path — because of course they were.
She says each guy in the group plays a role and Dave’s is the group’s “medic,” carrying a first aid kit and all kinds of essentials. Which obviously becomes important later in this story. They get moving and the day’s hike is going along as usual, until it isn’t.
“So we’re hiking for hours, nothing is happening, then about twenty minutes from the end of the trail, it hits me. I didn’t feel it coming at all, and it’s like four days early. I immediately slink back like 20 feet from the group and start having a panic attack.”
Every single woman has had that feeling at least once in life, and it’s the absolute worst. And because it was early, Jane was fully unprepared.
“I had NOTHING on me and I was wearing shorts. At least they were black, but they wouldn’t hold much. I’d also 100% bleed up the Uber.”
She was considering stuffing her bra down her shorts, when her luck suddenly changed. “Dave looks back and notices me walking like a goblin. To my horror, he falls back and starts walking next to me. He leans in and whispers, ‘Do you need to pee?'”
When she says no, he guesses it’s a “period issue,” and Jane confirms his hunch.
“And then, this guy, this fucking glorious, magnificent guy, he calls out to John and Teddy: ‘Hey, Jane’s scraped her arm on a tree or some shit, I’m gonna tend to it but it’s gonna be like five minutes. Just get to the road and set up lunch and call the car.'”
The guys keep going, and it’s Period Fairy time. “Dave slides off his magical backpack and opens a pouch on the front of it. ‘Pads or tampons?’ he says.”
Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth as period blood seeps into her shorts, Jane takes him up on his incredibly timely offer. “I mutter ‘tampons,’ completely stunned at all this. He pulls out three tampons, the good kind, and a handful of wet-naps. Hands them to me and then he opens the main compartment and pulls out a long sleeve black t-shirt. ‘Go in the trees and take care of it, then tie the shirt around your waist.’ He then pulls out a big band-aid and slaps it on my arm to keep up his cover story.”
Turns out, it’s not Dave’s first time at the period rodeo. Jane says, “I ask him why he had these, he’s just like, ‘I’ve been hiking with women for years, you think I’m stupid?'”
Um no. We think you’re amazing.
She takes care of business and Dave doesn’t say a word, the rest of the day continuing on like normal. Well, almost.
“I think I love Dave now. Is it normal that I love Dave?”
Because here’s the thing — while a woman whipping out a feminine product when you’re in the lurch is basically grounds for achieving BFF status, a man doing this is completely next-level. As we’re working toward taking the stigma out of periods and ensuring our sons are chill when it comes to menstruation so they can support the women in their lives, it’s still not at all expected for men to carry around period products to help us out in a pinch.
But Dave has changed all of that. If he can do it, why can’t other bros? You guys get way more pockets than us, might as well stuff some Tampax Radiant in a few of them.
We’re not the only ones who think Dave’s period feat makes him ridiculously crush-worthy. Reddit was full of female praise for this considerate dude.
Thankfully, he’s inspiring his fellow men already.
As Jane says, “It’s true what they say, not all heroes wear capes. They do, however, wear magic backpacks.”