And, when I asked the computer to offer a spell check correction, it offered the word archenemy.
(I’m sure some would feel this to be an accurate substitution for the spelling of the word menarche.)
Then, it dawned on me. Menarche was not in my computer’s dictionary.
So I added it…m…e…n…a…r…c…h…e.
I wonder…is it in your vocabulary? What about that of your daughter or granddaughter?
And, what of menarche? Is it truly seen as the wonder that it is? Or, is it seen as something evil…an archenemy out to put an end to fun and living life as one pleases?
Menarche is not an archenemy of girls, nor is it something to be dreaded. And, it’s certainly not the herald of the bane of women everywhere (menstruation, aka periods).
It is what it is – natural, normal, healthy, wonderful. And, it needs to be in everyday conversations, in everyone’s vocabulary, and a word that rolls off of the tongue with ease.