Looking back at my adolescence, I spent the majority of my time at a steady shade of crimson. Growing up is already rife with embarrassment.
Thanks to my parents, I was born to stand out. Maybe it would have been different if I grew up in a big city.
Maybe my embarrassment would have blended into those busy streets and millions of lives that so rarely intersect. But I was from a small town and their practice was in that small town, so nearly every woman in my small town went to my mom and dad.
In excess: my dad, the gynecologist
She smiled awkwardly and retreated indoors, unable to look me in the eye. But all good things must come to an end, and that included my blissful ignorance.
The worst part was that these women loved to tell me all about it. In public.
As in Dr. You give me my birth control! Then there was the little old woman who sidled up to my family at church.
There was the woman who came up to me at our local diner and asked me to ask my mom what to do about her yeast infection. She asked for anyone but an Ayoub, and was relieved that Ms. Dombrowski was available.
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As she lay waiting in the stirrups, my mother walked through the door. I spent the majority of my adolescence wishing my parents had different careers. It took me a long time to realize that the reason so many women came up to me to tell me about my parents is because they are really good at their jobs.
My mom and dad have dedicated their lives to helping women, and their humor and expertise has made a difference in countless lives. I may have spent my teens filled with embarrassment, but today, when I think of my mom and dad, I am only filled with pride.
So, to my parents: thank you for being you. Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker…. Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves.
E is for embarrassment: confessions of a gynokid
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