the birds and bees: crap, is it THAT time already?

The Birds and the Bees (film)Image via Wikipedia

My 10-year-old wants to know about the birds and the bees. Yippee. She didn’t know boys had different body parts until we got a boy dog. She asked, “What’s that?”

I said, “That’s where the dog pees. Human boys have the same thing.”

Or maybe I said “Thingies.”

I am so bad at this.

What makes her inquisitive are the Viagra commercials playing on TV in the background. She asks, “What does ‘healthy enough for sex’ mean?” Then she tacks on an “Eww.”

Yep, it’s time.

Viagra commercials are akin to those tampon commercials we watched in the 80s while our boyfriends sat on the couch eating popcorn and wondering when they could put their arms around us.

As soon as we heard the phrase “Now available with WINGS,” we hit the mute button and say, “Hey how ’bout those Packers or Brewers or Cubs or (insert any random sports team)?”

Just to turn the subject away from feminine hygiene products. It was too late because those poor guys already lost their appetite. But that’s a whole, though related, different topic which will garner more “Ewws.”

The terms for “thingies” at my daughter’s school these days are Australia for boy parts and Africa for girl parts. Perhaps I can work in a geography lesson along with the sex talk. I wonder how I’ll work in the plate tectonic theory.

One of my Facebook friends (Eric) said explain it to her like this: “Daddy pulls his train into Mommy’s train station. If Mommy’s lucky then Daddy’s train stays on the track for more than 3 minutes. On second thought, leave off that last part.”

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