Mandy: college graduate, super-sinful unwed mother, narcissist, graphic artist by day, disillusioned writer by night, also super-sinful liberal, feminist (need I mention?); mixed bag, you know.

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Blissfully Unwed

So, Jesus, Tampax Lied; My Period is So Not Happy

Dear Lord Sweet Baby King Jesus,

I’m not the type to ask for supernatural assistance every time my neighbor’s great aunt stubs her toe, but, today, I have a request.

Just because I’m not a big supplicator doesn’t mean that I’m not up-to-speed on shit. I know, for instance, that, according to Mark 5, verses 25-34, your impressive miracle repertoire includes, shall we say, the ability to dry up the red sea. Get it? Anyway, I know that, on every other occasion on which we have spoken in the past few years (omitting all the times I was like, “PLEASE JESUS PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEASE DON’T LET THEM CALL OUT THE DRUG DOGS”), I’ve asked for pretty much the opposite of this, but, this time, I’m going to have to ask you to work a Mark 5:24-36 on me. Like, stat, because, even though Shark Week just started today, it already feels like Shark ETERNITY.

I’m not very particular about the method by which you go about alleviating my menstrual misery. Even early onset of menopause, for instance, would be totes acceptable. There’s only one exception I’m going to have to ask you to make: whatever you do, don’t conjure up a pregnancy in order to call off this month’s period. I know you pride yourself in your sense of humor, and that this is just the kind of thing you’d find hilaaarious, but, trust me, it would really be kinda tacky. Besides, you need to save all your fertility spells for Beyonce.

If you choose to do me a solid here (and I think you should, because, per the aforementioned passage in the Gospel According to Mark, you dig impure women), I so promise that I will consider going to church. Really! Just not until the cramps have fully abated. A girl can only endure so much torture in one day. 

 So, good luck, and don’t fuck it up, or whatever your followers tend to end a prayer with, Amen.

Today, Godzilla is My Spirit Animal

There’s no other recurring event that I know of that brings such mixed emotions as getting your period. On the one hand, you want to throw a party to celebrate another month with an empty uterus, and, on the other hand, you’re not really in the mood to party. Or maybe you are. No judgment. But I think we can all agree that receiving Mother Nature’s monthly whatever is equal parts YAY and UGH. 

This is especially true when it’s, like, the Godzilla of all periods (My old boss used to refer to this as a “massacre.” True and awesome story.). Then, maybe a little callously and irreverently, you wonder if this was really a period, or if it was actually the Reproductive Gods having a change of heart and deciding to give you a break and revoke your ticket to the Baby Train this month. Maybe you wanna know. Maybe you don’t. But, if you’re me, you’re happy either way, because somebody got the job done. And it definitely wasn’t me. Unless all those supplications to various higher powers had an effect; you know, the ones where I beg them to not make me pregnant, as I do pretty much every month. 

I definitely didn’t pray for these mega-cramps, though. So, on the one hand, I have gratitude, and, on the other, I’m kind of angry at whatever entity is responsible for causing me to be stricken with all kinds of fun (that was sarcasm, just fyi) pain, and not blessing me with any prescription-strength painkillers. I mean, thanks for making me not pregnant and all, but would it be too much to ask for you to have sprinkled a little hillbilly heroin on my Froot Loops this morning? 

I guess I’ve probably reached my miracle cap for this month, with that excellent performance review and all. Oh well.