Menopause: A Scientific Experiment
Now, please. Do you see this circle on the floor? Please step inside it. Good.
Now we’re going to set the circle on fire, and see:
How long before you take off your jacket, your sweater?
How long before you roll up the sleeves of your shirt, open it at the collar?
How long before your forehead, your torso, break into sweat?
Time check time check time check…excellent.
Thank you for your cooperation. And for your participation in this experiment, you receive this certificate of initiation: you are officially menopausal.
The culmination of some thirty-, forty-odd years of monthly pain and bleeding.
Oh, and we must warn you that what you experienced today will come back,
six or seven or eight times a day,
we can’t say for how many years,
but when it stops you will be too old to enjoy the freedom,
perhaps bent with arthritis, osteoporosis.
Congratulations. You are a creature of blood and fire.
You are a woman.