A mum has taken to Facebook to share her daughter’s “period cake” to celebrate the milestone.
Mum, comedian and wife, Sara Buckley has raised the strong, independent woman we all want to be, shouting out that she got her period from the rooftop, so to speak.
Known to her fans as Not the WORST Mom, Sarah praised her daughter’s creativity by the outlining the celebratory events that unfolded with the arrival of her first period. Meet the “period cake”.
Shout to my daughter who thought it would be hilarious to celebrate her period by:1. Having a period cake2. Asking for Red Velvet to troll her brothers3. Making her dad cut it to troll him4. Naming it after mom to troll meMy middle name is Olivia. I’ve never been more proud.
A familiar tale for many
As you lie down crying to your favourite rom-com whilst dipping chocolate into ice-cream, a heat pack on your tummy and a towel under your bum, let’s think back to the first time we got our period.
Whether you call it your lady business, that time of the month, visit from Aunt Flo, on the rag, crimson time, moon time, shark week, the red badge of courage or, perhaps my favourite: Rolling Out The Red Carpet. Regardless of your pet name for it, the first time is always a moment to remember.
I think it’s safe to say we all remember the first time we had our menstrual cycle. I can indeed. Confused whether or not I had eaten something weird to cause such a problem, I interrogated my older sister for some reassurance, as mum was overseas and due to fly home the next day.
My sister was my next point of call and, boy oh boy, was she excited for me. Well, at least she acted like she was! Thinking back, I think perhaps we should have mourned my pre-period life with some kind of cleansing ritual.
But as a good sister does, she led me through this first time with a smile and a cheer with no hint to shame or negativity. I was equally lucky to have a dad who saw no awkwardness to it either. A quick shout out to him for all the times he had to buy pads at the shop based on our poor description like, “the purple ones with the white writing!”.
My first experience was an exciting step into womanhood, led and encouraged by another women. But this is not always the case for everyone. In fact, when bringing up the topic to our Mum Strife team, there was no shortage of horrifying, yet hilarious experiences.
“I remember my first period because I got the worst UTI of my life. It was a horrific crime scene down there. Then mum bought me some liquorice bullets to make me feel better but instead I sobbed uncontrollably because I’m lactose intolerant!” – One of our writers recalls.
Another Mum Strife team member remembers her cringe-worthy experience like it was yesterday.
“Woke up, male best friend was sleeping over for my birthday. I was wearing my brand-new white PJs he gave me for my birthday. Then before I could tell mum, my 70-year-old male piano teacher rocks up for my lesson! Luckily I had pads from a showbag!”
I don’t know if a “period cake” is something I would do, but i’m all for making our young women celebrate all aspects of being a female. There should be no shame or embarrassment or fear. And if a period cake is the way you want to do it, then i suggest you get baking!