posted Saturday September 7th, 2013
I neglected to mention the other day that I haven’t had the nerve to actually watch “Pink Slip” — the decades-old instructional video about menstruation created for girls with developmental disabilities that we used to show at parties for laughs — since Sophie was born.
Apparently I’ll have my chance today.
Yesterday Ray and I attended Part One of a seminar about how to teach your kid with Down syndrome about puberty (and beyond — but we were just there for the puberty part). The instructor — who was very good — gave a general overview and then explained what she’d be teaching our kids the next day. Repetition is key, she said. Repetition and images.
When she got to the part about how she’d be showing an instructional video about how to take a shower, I raised my hand.
“By any chance will you be showing the girls a video about periods?” I asked.
Yes, she said. “Boy, wait til you see it! It’s really old and –”
“I’ve seen it,” I interrupted, while the other parents stared. “Pink Slip.”
“No,” she said, and offered a long and perfectly acceptable name I can’t recall now. (I should have known that was not its real name.) “This one is about a sister –”
“It’s about a girl named Jill,” I said, interrupting again. It’s been 15 years since I’ve seen “Pink Slip,” but it’s burned in my head forever.
The woman stared. Ray turned and and stared. “How do you know about this video?” she asked.
I just stared back. For years, I’ve joked that someday I’d have to show Sophie Pink Slip. I never thought it would actually happen — and at the hands of one of the leading sex educators in the country.
I get it, Universe. I get it.