Monday, July 14, 2008

Not About Birds

Sometime in my teenage years, I think around 12 or 13, my mom gave me a book.  Actually she gave me two books, but I had completely forgotten about the one until I was organizing my books today.  The other book has never left my memory.  The title: Not About Birds.  
I have never read this book.  To be honest when I picked it up many years ago I am pretty sure I threw up in my mouth a little.  As I recall I got home and the books were on my bed.  We don't talk about things like this in my family.  Apparently, however, we do give each other books.  My mom is big into books.  So today I picked it up and started reading.  What are all the wonderful gems that I have been missing my whole life?  What was puberty all about, anyway? Now all of my questions are being answered!  Thank goodness.

To be honest, I can't actually get through an entire paragraph in this book without almost throwing up while simultaneously laughing out loud.  Not many books make me laugh out loud.  Good job Glen C. Griffen, M.D. and Mary Ella Griffin, R.N.  Well done with the book.
I am planning on sharing some gems with all of you. 

For today we will start with the chapter titles:
1. Girls
2. Boys
3. How the Sperm Gets There
4. How a Baby Is Born
5. Masturbation
6. D-E-F-E-N-S-E
7. What If...
8. "It Is Easier to Remember..."
9. Parents
10. Friends
11. Is It Really Love?

Oh boy, this is going to be fun.  Did I mention that the authors are LDS and that the book was published in 1980 by Deseret Book?  Get ready, this blog is going to become very educational, or something.


Liz Johnson said...

If you could read Chapter 4 before tomorrow and give me the highlights, I would really appreciate it.

Seriously, I got this book from my parents around age 10, and I think I read it 15 times. It seemed to frequently (and mysteriously) appear on nightstands around the house while my siblings and I were growing up. Good times, good times.

Kimberly said...

Are you sure we aren't sisters? I also found a book on my bed about that age. Not this gem, unfortunately, but "Whats Happening to My Body: a Book for Girls" (which I also never read). Maybe I could borrow that book in 13 years for Jonah?

Hilary said...

Never even heard of this book! Now I feel deprived. My Mom & Dad were all open, honest and straight forward, and we just talked about all this crap, so never once did they buy me a book! I was cheated!

Tyler and Aleisha said...

Andrea... I am officially scared... and yet disturbingly intrigued. By the way, is there a sequel, "Not About Bees" or do we only careabout the birds?