In the grocery store tonight with my 7-year-old girl, as we breeze past the checkout lanes toward the bananas in the produce section:
The Goddess: Daddy, what’s a tampon?
Me: Well, it’s…you know when Mommy has her “lady time of month” and…
The Goddess: Oh, no! No no no no no no no…
(I pause, wondering why she’d be bothered by this discussion as often as topics of menstruation and PMS come up in the household)
The Goddess: …No, I mean…um…DADDY WHAT’S THAT THING YOU TALK ABOUT SOMETIMES AND YOU’VE TOLD ME THEY MAKE UP STORIES?!
Me (not missing a beat): Tabloids?
The Goddess: Yes! Daddy, how do they get the photos for those?
I answer her question and explain paparazzi and such but, really, all my mind can think of is: Tabloid. Tampon. Is there really much difference? They both soak up a lot of unpleasant material and get tossed away quickly.