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  •  You sound like a wonderful mother! (12+ / 0-)

    Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable essay.

    My daughter has not left anything to chance with her two children.  She started giving them sex education at an early age, including telling them about condoms.  She even demonstrated their use on a banana.  She also told them, "I am LIVING PROOF that you can get pregnant the first time you have sex!"

    And she is.  I got pregnant the first and only time I had sex at age 17, had to go away and hide in a maternity home for six months, and then relinquish my daughter for adoption. This was the norm for 1962.  What wasn't the norm was that my mother told the woman who ran the home that we were keeping the baby.  Well, we left with her but only to hand her over to my aunt, who was childless.  My aunt and uncle adopted her and brought her up.

    My 18-year-old granddaughter has seen so much teen-age misery in the girls around her in high school that I think she's averse to premature or irresponsible sex.  She knows what to do if she does decide to embark on such a relationship.  I sincerely hope she does not get pregnant.  She is trying to get through college in three years so as to be less of a financial burden on the people who are paying for her education--her adoptive grandparents.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 02:46:12 PM PST

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