When I was kid and I used to ask any awkward questions to my mother I used to get only one answer, ” You will get to know automatically when you grow.” No persuasion would work on her. Perhaps we had very limited exposure and she was not too much worried that we would turn elsewhere to get information. This “elsewhere” was limited to books or friends.
Now time has changed. Kids are too much exposed to media and internet. So the kind of answers my mother used to give me are not sufficient. Modern mothers are constantly under pressure of information explosion.
When my son was very young, one day after watching the advertisement he had asked me what sanitary napkins were. I had told him then that they are special kind of diapers meant for ladies. He was ok with this answer for many years.
Then he entered in 4th standard. One day he saw me going into the bathroom with sanitary napkins in my hands. When I came back from bathroom he had scandalized look on his face. He asked me, “Why you need to use these napkins??”
Me: Sometimes I simply need them..
Son: But why?? Who uses diapers?? Either babies or old people, right??
Son: Babies do not understand when they get potty. They cannot control. So they use diapers.. But you are grown up. You do understand when you want go to bathroom or when you get potty. You have control. Then why need to use these napkins.
Me (still avoiding to answer the question): Sometimes ladies need to use them.
Son: How come you have control sometimes and sometimes you don’t??
Me: My dear boy, you need to wait to get this answer for couple of years. You are too young.
Son: No, you have to answer today only.
Me: I still feel I should answer this question after 1-2 years. The time will probably be right then.
Son: But why I need to wait?? You have always been answering all sorts of questions all these years. This is not the first time I have asked you difficult or awkward question. Then why suddenly you are telling me to wait??
Me: Because I still feel you are young my boy. These things are anyways covered in your syllabus when you enter 8th standard. You are only in 4th standard. So why hurry??
Son: No, no, no. You will have to tell me just now. Why don’t you try me…
These arguments went on for some time. I was slowly running out of all the excuses. My son was not ready to back off at any rate.
Stay tuned to find out the result of our tussle. Finally who won.. Mamma or son….