I was driving my daughters to school last week, when my daughter C said, Daddy...today we’re going to see “The Movie.”
“What movie is that?” I asked.
“You know?” She said, (now losing her patience with me) “THE Movie.”
“WHAT MOVIE?” I asked. I was still half asleep and I just wasn’t getting it.
“Dad,” my older daughter A chimed in. “You know THE Movie. The one they show all the 6th graders in health class?”
“Oh!” I said. “THE MOVIE!”
I now understood that C was talking about the movie about puberty that the health teacher shows at the end of the school year-- with both girls and boys present. It is one of the most talked about (and feared) events of the school year.
“Are you nervous about that?” I asked.
"No, not really," she said matter of factly.
When we reached their school, I wished my daughter A luck on her finals and then I wished C luck on watching THE MOVIE.
That night I called home from work and talked to my wife.
“How did the girls' day go?” I asked.
“Good,” my wife said with a chuckle. “Did C tell you she that she was going to see THE MOVIE today?”
“Oh yeah,” I said. “How’d that go?”
My wife told me that the girls came home from school and sat down for a snack in the kitchen. Just as any other day, she asked them how their day went. That was when the topic of THE MOVIE came up. My wife nonchalantly asked C if she had learned anything interesting or new from the film.
“YEAH!” C said. “I learned that boys have problems too!” She had previously only heard about the problems that girls face at puberty, so this obviously came as quite a shock.
“Like what?” my wife inquired. (Not having the slightest idea of what answer she might hear, but keeping the conversation open and light.)
C scrunched up her face, eyes half shut...dangled her finger in front of her and then, with a rising whistle sound effect (like a firework shooting up on the Fourth of July) pointed her finger straight out and then skyward.
“Yup!" My wife said with a straight face, "They sure do have that problem...and you thought only girls had to deal with changes."