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Single Dad Wins Internet After Refreshing Response To His Daughter’s First Period
For many dads, menstruation isn’t high on the list of things they want to discuss over the dinner table. This can stem from a lack of knowledge, cultural shame or simply not wanting to say the wrong thing to a pre-teen who may be self-conscious about her changing body.
Not single dad Maverick Austin, though. When his 11-year-old daughter Avi called him at work concerned she’d pooped her pants at school, he handled it like a total pro.
“I rush to school to take her a change of undies, put the old ones in a bag and rush back to my conference call and threw the bag in the kitchen trash,” he recounted in a now-viral FB post titled ‘Diary of a father and daughter.’
“Few hours later she calls and I had to put a very important work meeting I’m hosting on hold which I never do and she says ‘Dad it happened again…’ I’m confused and very annoyed because I’m super busy. I yell ‘just wipe your butt better then stuff toilet paper in the back of your pants and I’ll have to call you back in an hour!’ and I hang up. A few minutes later it hits me…”
What Avi had thought was poop was actually blood – she’d gotten her first period. Aware of the significance of such a moment, he dropped everything to head back to her school.
“I interrupt my project meeting and explain to my banking colleagues that I’m VERY sorry but I have to go,” he said. “I’m racing to the school while calling them telling the nurse to ‘go find my child!’ Speeding and having a panic attack because my child called me for help and I just ‘left her to die on the battlefield!”
He continued: “I run into the office and she’s standing there very calm looking at me and says, ‘Dad… I officially started my first…’ and I stopped her and said ‘I already know Avi… it hit me a few minutes after I hung up on you. The stress of raising a daughter.”
After Avi hinted that she should ‘get something’ like when your tooth falls out, her dad came up with a genius idea: the period fairy. While the youngster was in the shower, he ducked out to the shops to curate a care package featuring chocolate, ice cream, cookies, flowers and a card that read ‘You’ve got this!’ Cue: tears.
Naturally, the Internet lost it over how darn well Maverick handled such a sensitive situation. The post generated more than 128,000 shares and 199,000 likes in a matter of days.
“Wow, I’m impressed with how amazingly you handled that!! Oh & BTW, I think you might be onto something there with the period fairy!” one person commented.
“The best dad award!! Got her all the good stuff!” added another.
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