Belinda Hankins and her 13-year-old daughter, Bella, seem to have a great relationship, one that is often played out over text message.
Sure they play around like most teens and parents do, but in between the joking and stealing of desserts, they’re incredibly open and honest with each other. This is key, especially since Melinda is a single parent and thus is the designated teacher of «the ways of the world.»
But, wow, she is a champ at doing just that in the chillest way possible. Of course, it helps having an incredibly self-aware daughter who has grown up knowing she can be super real with her mom.
Case in point, this truly epic text exchange took place over the weekend while Bella was hunting for tampons at the store.
Here’s how Belinda introduced it on Facebook:
«THIS was the highlight of my parenting week. Sending my 13-year-old daughter into the store for (whispers) ‘feminine hygiene products,’ and having the following text exchange.»
Let’s give this the fanfare it deserves.
Act 1: The «right» aisle
Every woman, whether she’s 13 or 30 has said or thought «THEY’RE NOT HERRREEEEEE» while standing in an aisle, desperately searching for period products. It’s like they’re trying to make it a scavenger hunt for which we did not sign up.
Act 2: Everything is a lie
Act 3: Success! Well, sort of
That’s right, Bella. Vagina, like Voldemort, is a word some people refuse to invoke because they’re terrified what great, untamed powers doing so might unleash.
Act 4: The truth
Only a truly great mom could put this in such a way that inspires laughter and fist-pumping agreement at the same time.
Act 5: Smash the patriarchy!
A brilliant conclusion, mom/daughter solidarity AND an accurate map that illustrates what women encounter on a daily basis? If this exchange were a stage play, it would receive five stars.
And many others have agreed; the Facebook post has already been shared over 57,000 times in just two days.
So hip-hip-hooray for moms like Belinda who are candid with their kids on issues big and small and teach them how to be strong using humor and real talk.
The more hilarious conversations like Belinda’s and Bella’s about vaginas and the patriarchy that there are in the world, the better.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Danielle A Hoffmann My high school baseball player carries tampons in his backpack, because «Half of my friends have vagina issues every month. Shitty, and out of their control. So why be a dick about it? Bonus, they also come in handy if one of us wears a ball to the face at practice. Two for one.»
Clay Clark Try being a dad and doing this… nothing beats cruising the tampon isle with 4 or 5 ladies cutting eyes at you.
to be a lady in the ladies section, not so bad, not so easy being a guy who has no idea what to get…
Ryan Donovan Eh. I grew up with two sisters. Guess who they sent to the store when the cramps were to bad? I always bought them chocolate too. Now my daughter thinks it’s weird I just walk up and grab a box of pads for her and stroll away, throwing the box in the air and catching it, while whistling. Lol.
Nick Alexander Deepforest Well they are not wrong. To talk frankly and with ease erases the ridiculous power society holds against women. And it’s stupid, it’s stupid that you still have to call this and others things out to people who thinks has the right to manipulate and subdue others. Shitty stuff indeed.
Emily Victoria Men: talks about sex and crooked penises at work. No one says anything
Women: mentions cramps, periods or vaginas. THIS CONVERSATION ENDS NOW.
Jessica Billings Am I the only one who kept thinking that the tampon/pad isle is always labelled ‘ feminine products’ and I never found it odd, neither was it hard to find.
Chantelle Thomas Hannah Pic Baker- if you read the exchange- and ‘this is why we do what we do every day. And what is that?’ ‘SMASH THE PATRIARCHY!!’