Monthly Motivation?

January 31, 2010

I opened a new box of tampons today and was surprised to discover it was like opening a box of bizarre fortune cookies. There were motivational messages on each wrapper like: "Stay flexible"; "Practice makes perfect"; "Live out your dreams". What the heck? At first it was sort of amusing, but I quickly became irritated (and not just because I was PMSing!). Those messages must have been written by a man or the lucky/rare woman who has never experienced PMS. If they had been written by an ordinary woman, they would have said things like "Go ahead, you deserve more chocolate"; or "Don't worry, everyone still loves you even though you are grumpy and covered with zits right now". I have often thought it would be fun to be the person who gets to write the fortunes for the cookies or name the paint chips or nail colors. It never occurred to me that there might be someone out there writing motivational messages for tampons. We live in a strange world, don't we?
5orangepotatoes said...

That is crazy! I had to keep going back up to the first line to make sure I was reading it correctly that it said tampons! I would prefer you messages.....I agree that telling me that "practice makes perfect," while pmsing is not really a good time to be sharing that wisdom. One needs to read, "don't strangle your family, you'll feel better soon." ;)

Thanks for the good laugh! (snd the little travelers link)

boatbaby said...

That is the funniest thing I have read in a LONG LONG time! And you are so right!

Laurie said...

Laughing so hard I am crying! :-)

Sarah said...

I've just come in in the last hour.

Faced with that guff, in this mood, I'd end up decorating passing pilgrims with the contents of the box as I hurled them out of the window.

I've already menaced a perfectly innocent towel that didn't whimsey at me.

I take it whoever wrote them has no idea how not-exactly-ray-of-sunshine some of us feel when needing said product.

It's like writing slimming motivation notes on pocket coffees, just wrong, all wrong.

Sarah said...

that would be "come ON in the last hour"

Even my keyboard is against me.


Counts hours until turns back into normal(ish) person.

morninglight mama said...

Oh my... I'm not sure I would take those in a positive way, either!! Who comes up with these things?

Mom2Isabel said...

I could have used that "Stay Flexible" encouragement the first time I used one (against my mother's strong warning) and didn't find out from my girlfriends until MUCH later in the day that I was supposed REMOVE the applicator!

PS LOVE the post title!!!

likeschocolate said...

I have never seen these, but maybe that is because I buy in bulk. Hilarious!

Lost in Sicily said...

So weird!!!!! And your take on it hilarious!

Dana said...

On a similar note : Certainly iPad was named by a man. . . bc no woman in her right mind would use "pad."
What were they thinking?

Juniper said...

Ha ha , oh this really made me laugh. Thank you! Am just in that PMSing phase and this was perfect. How funny! Never have seen such a thing. Yes- we do live in a strange world!

Emily said...

how completely bizarre. oh, how this made me laugh!!! thank you!!! i needed it.

Cami said...

HA HA HA! Awesome. So true. I'd start saying things to the tampons like, "I'll show YOU flexible" and things like that. Seriously. Leave a woman alone!

The Solley Five said...

I can't believe you're not on the
Diva cup yet! Member those hello kitty tampons in Japan? I never thought I would like buying tampons, seeing them in the cabinet or in my purse...but those were the best. Before I moved to Japan I didn't know you could make ANYTHING cute.

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