This morning I was talking with some co-workers about things we did when we were growing up. One of them has a nine-year-old daughter, so she was asking us when we did certain things or reached certain milestones. That got me thinking a lot about when I was little, and how bad I wanted to be a teenager. But I also had really strict parents and was sort of a late bloomer, so I did things a lot later (at least in my opinion) than most people.
So I have a few questions for you all, and I thought this could be a fun little trip down memory lane. These questions are mostly for the ladies, because that was my experience.
1. How old were you when you got to shave your legs for the first time?
I think I was in seventh grade, and I got to shave them for the first day of school. I had wanted to shave my legs for ages, but my mom wouldn’t let me. She finally caved for the first day of school when I told her my best friend Molly got to shave her legs. I was so excited and spent hours trying to get every last hair off my legs. She would only let me use an electric razor because she didn’t want me to cut myself. I think I wore my shortest pair of shorts that first day of school to show off my newly hairless legs.
2. How old were you when you were allowed to wear makeup?
This also happened in seventh grade for me. My mom doesn’t wear makeup, so she wasn’t big on me wearing it, but I LOVE makeup and always have. I snuck it out of the house to put on in the school bathroom before classes started for a few years before I was technically allowed to wear it. In October of my 7th grade year I switched schools and decided to really do myself up for the first day at my new school. I was wearing a yellow sweater, so I decided on yellow eye shadow and bright pink lipstick. When I think about that now, I’m thinking maybe my mom should have had someone teach me about how to put on makeup before I was allowed to go out of the house, so I didn’t end up looking like a Frankenhooker. (thanks for that great word, MamaTulip)
3. How old were you when you got your first period?
It seems like girls keep starting this younger and younger. I was almost 14 before I got mine, and was so excited that I ran out to the car when my mom got home to tell her. Now, I could totally do without it and be just fine.
4. How old were you when you went on your first date?
I was 15 and it was quite the battle to be able to go on this date. It was homecoming my sophomore year, and I was asked to go to the dance by a guy I really liked. My mom caved right away, but my dad was a harder sell. My mom overruled his “no” and I went. And it was a great time.
5. How old were you when you had your first kiss?
I was also 15 for this. The same boy who asked me to homecoming took me to a “Haunted Forrest” around Halloween that year. He kissed me while we were waiting in line to go in, and I was so excited I couldn’t stand it. I had been waiting what seemed like forever to have my first kiss. After that, of course, we made out like mad any time we got a chance.
6. How old were you when you got your first bra?
I think I was about 15 for this too. I didn’t really need it until I was about 17 though, but I was dying to get one because everyone else had one. Now I wish I had the problem I had when I was 15, because now I have to wear one and I hate them.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Go ahead and answer in the comments section or on your own site and leave a link in the comments. I’m curious to see if I really was as late of a bloomer as I thought I was, or if everyone else was more like me.