I'm still smiling about the school nurse (a woman) explaining to the 6th grade boys (last week) why a woman was teaching them about what it's like to be a boy going through puberty. LOL
Do you remember "the talk?" I remember only that there was one (at school) and that afterwards, my mom and I were alone at home (must have gotten to go home after the presentation), sitting at the diningroom table, when she tentatively asked,
"Do you have any questions?"
I quickly gifted her with an abrupt, "No," and retreated to my room.
In my memory (clouded by adolescence at at the time), Mom was absolutely terrified that I would have a question. (It's ironic that a woman who raised nine children would try to pretend that sex did not exist, but she did.)
I remember the time Kyle (ate 5 or so) was at Mom's (with me) when he put on a very long piece of costume jewelry (necklace) and exclaimed, "Wow! It's all the way down to my penis!" and Mom about had a heart attack, responding quickly and sternly (in a hushed tone), "We don't say that word in this house!" LOL
Getting back to the subject of the "sex talk," later that day, mom came up to my room and handed me a menstruation belt and pads for the eventual "event." I was completely turned off (how old-fashioned!) but I did appreciate her effort, on some subconscious level.
Thankfully, my friend's mom (Ellen) was totally cool talking about periods, etc. She even had a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves (from which I learned a lot). I loved that about Ellen, and by the time Mom came to me with that belt, I was already a generation ahead of her. When my "big moment" finally arrived, I was completely prepared for it.
How about you? How did you learn about puberty? Your parents? School? The school bus?