Telling the Truth

connecting the dots of my life

Tag: Sexuality

Going to Seminary | Part 5

Pasadena, Colorado Blvd 1970s

~~~~~Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California in the early 1970s

Fall 1973. Every now and then I become aware of something I’m lugging around, unopened and unexamined. It has something to do with my childhood and teenage years. Something about Read the rest of this entry »

Early Marriage | Part 21

1968 Jun David and Elouise waiting for babyC

~~~Seven months pregnant, June 1968

I’m pregnant! Also self-conscious, excited, apprehensive, disbelieving, elated and more.

There’s no denying it: D and I have been ‘doing it’! Doing it?

I’ll never forget a conversation with my 18-year old daughter. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Marriage | Part 19

Empathy, Brene Brown, - 433054

Ever since posting Part 18, I’ve been wondering about empathy and whether it was present in our early marriage.

To put it baldly, Read the rest of this entry »

Courtship and Engagement | Part 2

It’s the early 1960s. I’m at a conservative Bible college in the Deep South. I now have a serious boyfriend, David (D). Along with other single students, we live according to the rules. Bible college rules, and the unwritten social rules of the Deep South.

We don’t talk about sexuality directly; Read the rest of this entry »

Daydreams | Part 2 of 2

Part 1 focused on my infatuation with a gifted young man.  I can’t say I actually met him at the mission conference.  He probably never knew my name.  Yet I daydreamed about a possible future with him, Read the rest of this entry »

Daydreams | Part 1 of 2

I don’t do dreams; I do daydreams. Especially about young men.

It’s summer 1957.  I’m 13 ½ years old, going into 10th grade.  I’m back in the achingly beautiful and romantic mountains of North Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »

Female Bodies and Sex Ed | Part 3 of 3

It’s 1960.  I’m 16 years old and I just graduated from high school.  I thought you’d like to see how I filled in the gaps between Daddy’s Sex Ed 101 and my graduation.

My Sex Ed 102 Learning Resources with Annotations by Me
*My parents’ everyday relationship with each other.  Mother seems to have no voice and no vote. Read the rest of this entry »

Female Bodies and Sex Ed | Part 2 of 3

It’s 1954.  We just finished breakfast, and are sitting around the dinner table.  Sister #4 is about one year old.  Mother is holding her at one end of the table.  Daddy is sitting at the ‘head’ of the table.  Sisters #2 and #3 and I are present.  We don’t know it, but Sex Ed 101 for Daughters is about to begin.   Read the rest of this entry »

Female Bodies and Sex Ed | Part 1 of 3

Am I ready?  Never.  But I want to begin somewhere.  So here goes.

Jesus, Mary and all other daughters of Eve
Female bodies were not celebrated in my family.  Too bad.  When I was a child and young teenager my female body was regularly ignored, observed, commented upon, shamed, ridiculed, Read the rest of this entry »

Boyfriends | Part 3 of 3

My father set out to attain one goal:  to break my will.  So did he?  Back then I would have argued that he most certainly did NOT break my will!  See how much spunk I still have in me?  Just listen to the angry voices in my head!  I might be sitting down on the outside, but I’M DEFINITELY STANDING UP ON THE INSIDE! Read the rest of this entry »

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