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TALKS WITH A YOUNG GIRL CONCERNING HERSELF
BY EDITH B. LOWRY, M.D.
To the daughters of my friends, but especially to MAR !"#$%& this little boo' is lo(ingly dedicated.
$o one can come in contact %ith chil&ren an& yo'ng (eo(le %itho't feeling the nee& of a 'nite& effort on the (art of the (arents) (hysicians an& teachers to lessen the immoral ten&encies) %ith their &egra&ing effects) to %hich the (resent generation is s'*+ecte&. ,no%le&ge of the right sort %ill (revent many %recke& lives. -gnorance as to facts an& to the *est manner of (resenting
The Secret --. The *ook is of s'ch a character that it may *e (lace& in the han&s of the yo'ng girl) *'t *etter still it may *e rea& alo'& *y the mother to her &a'ghter. Rest an& Slee( -0. -t is ho(e& this *ook %ill form the *asis of a closer intimacy *et%een mother an& &a'ghter) an& that the kno%le&ge herein set forth %ill forestall that %hich might *e given in an entirely &ifferent s(irit *y the girl. CONTENTS -. CHAPTER I . The Flo%er Ba*ies ---.s $est /-. B'il&ing the $est /--. other.s Ba*y /. With the &esire to ai& mothers in giving the necessary instr'ction to their &a'ghters) this little *ook has *een %ritten. The Bir& Ba*ies -/.3 them (revents many a (arent from å to tres(ass '(on s'ch sacre& gro'n&) an& the instr'ction is (ost(one& from &ay to &ay 'ntil it is too late. The Ba*y. The a'thor has trie& to tell in s'ita*le lang'age the facts that sho'l& *e kno%n *y every girl from ten to fo'rteen years of age. The Sign Lang'age /---.s com(anions. -n+'ry of the $est -n all (laces) then) an& in all seasons) Flo%ers e1(an& their light an& so'l2like %ings) Teaching 's) *y most (ers'asive reasons) Ho% akin they are to h'man things. Longfellow.
The flo%er is like a little girl an& nee&s some one to care for her. Every little flo%er that gro%s is a living *eing) as yo' or -3an& every (lant is a ho'sehol&.kno% this4 The flo%ers tol& me themselves) an& no% . An& this %on&erf'l secret is a*o't yo'r namesakes) the violets.am going to tell yo' a fe% things to&ay. Before the (lant can make 'se of this foo&) it m'st *e &igeste& *y the leaves) m'ch the same as yo'r stomach m'st &igest the foo& yo' eat. First) %e m'st learn something a*o't the flo%er. When a flo%er is thirsty) ho% &oes it tell 's so4 By &roo(ing its hea& an& looking sa&. They m'st sho% their tho'ghts *y their motions or *y their change of e1(ression. "o yo' kno% the other mem*ers of the (lant ho'sehol&4 First) there are the roots) %hose %ork it is to hol& the (lant in (lace so it %ill not *e tosse& a*o't *y every %in&. -f %e %o'l& have the flo%ers tell 's their secrets) %e m'st %atch them very closely so as to *e a*le to hear %hat they say. B't in or&er that the leaves may &o this) they m'st have (lenty of chloro(hyll) %hich is the green coloring matter of the leaves. Ho% &o . #o' kno% %hen the rain comes) it soaks into the gro'n& an& then %hen the (lant nee&s %ater the little roots s'ck it o't of the gro'n& +'st as yo' co'l& &ra% lemona&e thro'gh a stra%) for every root is s'((lie& %ith many hair t'*es that serve as stra%s. That is) it m'st change it into another form. They really are starve& to &eath. So yo' see ho% necessary it is for (lants to have (lenty of s'nshine) an& %hy they lose their green color an& then &ie if they are ke(t a%ay from the light. Flo%ers are %or&s . Unlike o'rselves) they cannot e1(ress themselves alo'&.am going to tell yo' a %on&erf'l secret. #o' co'l& not very %ell live %itho't the rest of the family3yo'r father an& mother) %ho &o so many things for yo' an& take s'ch care of yo') an& yo'r *rothers an& sisters) %ho all hel( to make the home ha((y. This chloro(hyll %ill gro% in the leaves if they have (lenty of s'nlight) an& if it &oes not gro% the leaves %ill not *e a*le to &igest the foo& an& the (lant %ill starve.am going to let yo' into the secret.4 THE SECRET Listen) /iolet) . These hair t'*es often are so small %e co'l& not see them %itho't a microsco(e) *'t it is thro'gh these tiny t'*es the (lant receives nearly all the %ater it 'ses. Then) if %e give it a &rink) ho% 5'ickly it says) 6Thank yo'76 *y lifting its hea& an& smiling at 's. !f co'rse) . The roots also m'st &ra% the %ater an& no'rishment from the gro'n&.m'st a&mit that the flo%ers &o not talk as %e &o. !ther mem*ers of the family) the leaves) are ke(t *'sy) for they m'st &o the *reathing for the (lant) as %ell as &igest the foo&. The flo%ers are a (art of the (lant ho'sehol& +'st the same as yo' or any little girl is only a (art of the family.s family) an& %here the flo%er gets its foo&. Sometimes) ho%ever) %e m'st learn from others %hat the (lants like) for at first) 'ntil %e are *etter ac5'ainte&) %e %ill not *e a*le to 'n&erstan& them) an& might make many mistakes8 so . #o' kno% %ater is never 5'ite free from mineral matter) so %hen the roots &ra% '( the %ater from the gro'n&) they also &ra% '( some mineral foo& for the (lant %hich is &issolve& in the %ater.
Sometimes the chil&ren an& gro%n (eo(le hel( her *y (re(aring a nice flo%er2*e&. Each ovary or cra&le contains one or more ov'les %hich *y an& *y %ill gro% into see&s. :'st o'tsi&e the (istil of a flo%er yo' 's'ally %ill fin& a ro% of slen&er) threa&2 like stalks) each *earing a soft) o*long *o&y at the to() falling o't of %hich yo' %ill see a fine yello% (o%&er calle& (ollen. Then %e see the (retty &ress 'n&erneath. B't the (oor (lant is so hel(less that she is 'na*le to (re(are this nest herself) so all she can &o is to scatter her see& *a*ies o't on the gro'n& an& ho(e some one %ill take (ity on them an& make a nice nest for them. !ne of these is the cra&le for the see&s) an& is calle& the ovary. At one en& of the ovary is 's'ally a little t'*e lea&ing &o%n into it. -ts sha(e varies greatly in &ifferent (lants) *'t it al%ays consists of t%o or three &istinct (arts. -n fact) the flo%er coa1es the *ees an& *'tterflies to come so they may *ring her the (ollen.5 Which even a *a*e may 'n&erstan&. B't *efore it can gro% it m'st *e ('t into a little nest in the gro'n&. Bishop Coxe. This (ollen is carrie& from one (lant to another *y the %in& or *y the *ees an& *'tterflies that come visiting in search of honey. Sometimes the %in& hel(s her *y *lo%ing some &irt an& &ea& leaves over them) for yo' kno% the see&s cannot gro% 'nless they are covere& nice an& %arm. After the *'& is gro%n) it o(ens its cloak an& thro%s it *ack. CHAPTER II THE FLOWER BABIES The flo%er itself has many (arts) +'st as there are many (arts to yo'r *o&y. When the flo%er is a little *'&) or *a*y) rocke& *y the *ree9es) it is closely %ra((e& in a little green cloak. We call this cloak the caly1) *eca'se %hen it o(ens it looks like a c'() an& the %or& caly1 means c'(. -t is another (ec'liar fact that altho'gh nearly every flo%er has this (ollen gro%ing right near the little ov'les) yet they cannot *e fertili9e& %ith this (ollen) *'t m'st receive some from the flo%er of another (lant family. -t is a (ec'liar fact that these see&s never can gro% into ne% (lants 'nless they are fertili9e&) that is) 'nless they receive some (ollen. For a long time the tiny see& lies very 5'ietly in its %arm nest) an& if %e co'l& (eek at it %e co'l& not see it move at all) *'t all the time it is gro%ing very slo%ly) 'ntil finally some *right &ay it %ill sen& '( its little s(ro'ts) an& then %e %ill see that all the time the see& %as lying so 5'ietly it %as gro%ing into a *a*y flo%er. -t is no% rea&y to gro% into a ne% (lant. This t'*e is calle& the style) an& the o(ening at the other en& is calle& the stigma. . Soon after the see& is fertili9e& it is ri(e8 that is) it is rea&y to leave its cra&le) the ovary. -f %e look %ithin the &ress or corolla) %e fin& the real *o&y of the flo%er) %hich is calle& the (istil. Sometimes it is all in one (iece) *'t often it is &ivi&e& into several leaf2like (arts %hich %e call (etals. We call this &ress the corolla.
!ie %s % /o!se. . The mother *ir&." S!s%n Cooli$ge. !ne of the %ays *ir&s e1(ress themselves in sign lang'age is *y their feathers. -f they are sick) their feathers &roo(.shall tell yo' another secret) *'t this time the secret is not a*o't flo%ers) *'t a*o't something else %e love very &early. The father an& mother %ork very har& 'ntil the nest is finishe&. -t takes 5'ite a %hile for the ov'les to ri(en) +'st as it took 5'ite a %hile for the see&s to ri(en) an& %hen they are ri(e they m'st have a nest (re(are& for them) +'st as the flo%ers &i&. The yo'ng *ir&s) in calling for foo&) make an entirely &ifferent so'n&) an& the ans%er of the mother *ir& is a s%eet l'lla*y. !ften the mother %ill line it %ith some of her o%n feathers) so that it %ill *e soft an& %arm. B't the *ir&s are not as hel(less as the flo%ers) an& are a*le to make their o%n nests. When they are %ell an& ha((y) their feathers seem m'ch *righter.. After the nest is rea&y the mother . The mother *ir& an& the father *ir& %ork together to *'il& the nest) *'t %hile the mother *ir& lays the eggs an& then m'st sit on them for a n'm*er of &ays) the father *ir& m'st *ring her foo& an& %ater an& sometimes take his t'rn %atching the nest %hile the mother goes for a little e1ercise.#en*" "H!sh( $e%#( h!sh. -n the *ir& family) as in the flo%er family) each mem*er has a s(ecial %ork to &o. 0hese %#e weigh ) se'#e s( %n$ we /!s whispe# he/. -nstea& of sa() it has *loo& to carry the foo& to all (arts of the *o&y.!ie ( $e%#. So %hen the ov'les .s *o&y resem*les the (lant) too) for it nee&s fresh air) foo& an& %ater.%hich are calle& eggs %hen they are ri(e< are rea&y) the (arent *ir&s select a nice (lace for a home. -nstea& of leaves to take in the air it has l'ngs) %hich not only take in the fresh air *'t also sen& o't the im('re air. The *ir&s) too) have a lang'age of their o%n) an& they can e1(ress themselves *etter than the flo%ers) for they have a sign lang'age) an& are also a*le to make so'n&s. CHAPTER III THE BIRD BABIES To&ay) /iolet) . Ho% m'ch %e en+oy hearing the *ir&s sing) not only *eca'se they make *ea'tif'l m'sic) *'t *eca'se they are telling 's ho% ha((y they are7 -f *ir&s are in (ain or in tro'*le) their notes are 5'ite &ifferent from %hen they are singing8 %hile) if they or their little ones are in &anger) they 5'ickly sen& forth a note of %arning. . -nstea& of the little rootlets to take in the foo& an& %ater from the gro'n&) the *ir& has a mo'th) an& as the *ir& is not fastene& to the gro'n&) *'t is free to fly or move a*o't) it goes after its foo&.inten& to tell yo' some secrets a*o't the *ir&s. The *ir&s have ovaries +'st the same as the flo%ers) an& insi&e each ovary are a n'm*er of little see&s or ov'les %hich *y an& *y %ill gro% into *ir&ies.Be . %on&er if yo' kno% ho% m'ch they are like the flo%ers4 #o' remem*er) the flo%ers ha& a lang'age %hich %e co'l& 'n&erstan&) even if they &i& not talk o't lo'&.6 "So he Bl!e"i#$s h%&e 'on #%' e$( h%&e he)( fo# % ho!se* An$ % nes is !n$e# w%) fo# li le +#.
#o' have a sign lang'age) as the flo%ers have) an& yo' have a lang'age of so'n&s that is even *etter than the *ir& lang'age. This %ill kee( gro%ing larger an& larger 'ntil it is large eno'gh for the *ir&ie to come thro'gh) then o't it comes7 A s%eet) ne% *lossom of H'manity) Fresh fallen from =o&. . Be s're that yo'r %in&o% is o(en every night. An& %o'l& it not *e &rea&f'l) if %hen yo' gre% '() yo' al%ays ha& a fro%n on yo'r face an& %ere not nice looking at all4 #o' kno% the fro%n %rinkles try to stay) an& every time %e let them come o't they leave a tiny mark. #o' remem*er) the leaves not only ha& to *reathe *'t they ha& to &igest the foo& for the (lant) too) *'t the *ir& ha& a stomach to (erform that %ork. When the flo%er took in the fresh air it ma&e green coloring matter) *'t %hen yo' take in the fresh air it makes re& coloring matter. B't) of co'rse) that &oes not ha((en very often) *eca'se) yo' kno%) as %e gro% ol&er) o'r faces &o not change their e1(ressions as easily as they &o %hen %e are yo'ng. Then she m'st sit on them to kee( them %arm for many &ays) for the eggs) like the see&s) cannot gro% 'nless they are ke(t goo& an& %arm.s o%n home to flo%er on earth. CHAPTER IV MOTHER'S BABY There is another %on&erf'l secret that .have to tell yo'.kno% yo' get a great &eal in the &aytime %hen yo' are (laying) *'t yo' m'st *e s're to get it at night) too) or yo' %ill lose all yo'r (retty color. Ge#%l$ +%sse). When yo' are ha((y) .1 *ir& lays the tiny eggs in it. So if yo' %ant to have re& cheeks an& re& li(s yo' m'st have (lenty of fresh air. -f %e look at the eggs from &ay to &ay %e %ill not *e a*le to see any change in them) *'t the change is insi&e the shell %here %e cannot see it.can tell it *y the smiles on yo'r face) an& sometimes %hen yo' are a %ee *itcross) .kno% it *y a tiny fro%n that mars the *ea'ty of yo'r face. .%on&er if yo' can g'ess %hat this is7 $o) it is not a*o't a flo%er) nor a *ir&3*'t) yes) yo' have g'esse& it right) for it is a*o't a girl +'st like yo'7 -s it not 5'eer ho% m'ch alike the flo%ers an& *ir&s an& little girls are) after all) even if they &o not look at all alike4 #o' have l'ngs +'st the same as the *ir&) an& *reathe as it &oes. . After a %hile) %hen the right time comes) the *ir&ie %ill (eck a tiny hole in the shell. #o' have t%o feet) *'t instea& of %ings yo' have arms an& han&s. Every &ay there is an alteration taking (lace) an& the egg gra&'ally is *eing transforme& into the little *ir&.
When the little ov'les are ri(e there m'st *e a nest (re(are& for them) +'st the same as there %as one (re(are& for the flo%ers an& *ir&s. -f yo' %ish to gro% strong an& %ell so as to *e a*le to r'n an& (lay an& also to hel( yo'r mother %ith her %ork) yo' m'st eat (lenty of goo&) no'rishing foo&. B't no% . Reali9ing this fact) one cannot fail to have a high i&ea of this f'nction. A %oman %ho &oes not &esire chil&ren has ha& her min& (erverte& *y false i&eas or fear. #o' kno% some foo& makes m'scles) *'t other things are not very goo& for (eo(le to eat. >lenty of *rea& an& milk an& cereals) also meat) (otatoes an& fr'it) are very goo& things to make girls gro%. This nest an& the tiny ov'les are gro%ing constantly from the time the girls are *a*ies) *'t they gro% so very slo%ly that none of the ov'les are ri(e 'ntil the girl is a*o't t%elve years ol&.2 -n this %ay yo' are like the *ir&s) for yo' have a stomach %hich takes care of the foo& yo' eat.shall tell yo' another %on&erf'l secret. B't the %om* is not f'lly &evelo(e& 'ntil the rest of the *o&y is mat're&. We call this flo% the menstr'al flo%. . At the same time an e1tra amo'nt of *loo& is sent to the %om* to (rovi&e no'rishing material for the ov'le to 'se in its gro%th. B'il& me straight) ! %orthy aster7 Sta'nch an& strong) a goo&ly vessel That shall la'gh at all &isaster) An& %ith %ave an& %hirl%in& %restle7 Longfellow. others &o not have to *'il& nests) for they are alrea&y (re(are& for them right insi&e their *o&ies close to their hearts. =irls have ovaries +'st the same as flo%ers an& *ir&s) an& insi&e each ovary are a great many little ov'les that after a %hile %ill ri(en as the see&s &i&) only instea& of gro%ing into flo%ers or *ir&s they %ill gro% into *a*ies. After that one ri(ens every month an& (asses to the nest or %om*. #o' m'st take care of yo'r stomach) too) an& give it time to rest) for it %orks very har& an& might get tire& o't. The nest is calle& the %om*. Then %hat %o'l& yo' &o4 #o' have seen) /iolet) that in a great many %ays yo' are like the *ir&s an& flo%ers) *'t no% am going to tell yo' something that (erha(s yo' &i& not kno%. ost girls) nat'rally) &esire chil&ren. -s that not lovely) an& are yo' not gla& that (erha(s some &ay yo' %ill *e a*le to have a *a*y all yo'r o%n4 B't of co'rse that %ill not *e for a great many years yet) for yo' m'st %ait 'ntil yo' have gro%n into a strong %oman an& have a home of yo'r o%n an& a h's*an& to hel( take care of the *a*y. B't the %om*) or nest) is not strong eno'gh yet to hol& a healthy *a*y) so this e1tra amo'nt of *loo& %ith the ov'le is sent o't of the *o&y thro'gh the vagina) %hich is a m'sc'lar t'*e lea&ing from the %om* to the e1ternal (arts . This occ'rs every month an& each time the %om* *ecomes a little stronger an& *etter a*le to hol& a gro%ing *a*e.(rivate (arts<. Little girls love their &oll *a*ies) an& s(en& m'ch time in caring for them) *'t as girls gro% into %omanhoo& they &esire real *a*ies. Altho'gh %e &o not have to *'il& the nest) %e have to take goo& care of it so it may gro% strong. enstr'ation is the sign of the (ossi*ility of motherhoo&.
#o' remem*er) . B't that %ill not last long) for after a %hile the (arts that are gro%ing slo%ly %ill catch '( to the ones that gre% fast) an& then the *o&y %ill *e gracef'l again. She sho'l& *e (rovi&e& %ith a circ'lar gir&le of some strong material c't '(on the *ias) so it may *e elastic) an& (rovi&e& %ith ta*s to %hich to (in the fol&e& cloth. By e1ercise) fresh air) an& goo&) no'rishing foo&) she sho'l& make her *o&y gro% strong an& %ell.tol& yo' this flo%) %hich %e call the menstr'al flo%) %as the sign of the (ossi*ility of motherhoo&) so every girl sho'l& *e gla& of the fact that she menstr'ates an& sho'l& take goo& care of herself at that time. These (a&s or cloths sho'l& *e change& at least t%ice a &ay. By st'&ying she %ill &evelo( her min& so as to *e fitte& to care for an& to teach her chil&. We kno% it is not %ise to r'n or (lay or %ork har& right after eating a large meal) for then the stomach is %orking very har& an& nee&s a great &eal of e1tra energy) so the other m'scles m'st rest a %hile) in or&er to let it have it. -t also is necessary that one sho'l& *athe the (arts in %arm %ater %ith each change) as 'n(leasant o&ors can there*y *e avoi&e&. At the close of each (erio& she sho'l& take a *ath an& change all clothing. Have yo' ever %atche& a yo'ng ('((y4 #o' kno% ho% cl'msy an& a%k%ar& it is %hile it is gro%ing) *'t after a %hile) %hen it is f'lly gro%n) it %ill *e very gracef'l. She also sho'l& have a s'((ly of sanitary cloths ma&e of a*sor*ent cotton fa*ric) or (a&s ma&e of a*sor*ent2cotton enclose& in ga'9e.tol& yo') /iolet) that every month) or every t%enty2eight &ays) there %as an e1tra amo'nt of *loo& carrie& to the %om* %hich it ha& to sen& o't of the *o&y. So the hi(s *egin to gro% *roa&er. . !f co'rse that re5'ires the %om* to %ork very har& for a fe% &ays) so) in or&er to hel( it) %e m'st *e caref'l not to take any severe e1ercise at this time or overe1ert o'rselves in any %ay) for) if %e &i&) the %om* %o'l& not *e a*le to &o its e1tra %ork (ro(erly. !ne cannot *e too caref'l a*o't these matters) so essential to cleanliness an& health.shall tell yo' more things a*o't this mother nest. She sho'l& (ay es(ecial attention to cleanliness &'ring this (erio&. As these organs gro%) the (elvis) or the (art of the *o&y that contains them) also m'st gro% to make room for them.tol& yo' that altho'gh mothers &o not have to *'il& nests) yet they have to take goo& care of them so they %ill gro% strong. Altho'gh it an& the tiny ov'les are gro%ing all the time) yet there are greater changes in them %hen the girl is from t%elve to fo'rteen years ol&. The latter are es(ecially convenient for the girl %ho is o*lige& to room a%ay from home) for they may *e *'rne&) an& the cost of ne% ones is no greater than the la'n&ry of cloths. !ther (arts of the *o&y gro% faster at this time) too) an& often some (arts gro% so m'ch faster than others that they are o't of (ro(ortion) an& the chil& *ecomes cl'msy an& feels a%k%ar&.tell yo' some %ays yo' can make the nest gro% strong4 First) .9 CHAPTER V THE BABY'S NEST #o' remem*er) /iolet) . #o' remem*er) . A*o't this time they gro% faster than at any other time. As the nat'ral &esire of every girl is to *ecome a mother some time) she m'st *egin very early to (re(are for it. Shall .
-n any %ork %e 'n&ertake) in everything %e &o) there is a (ossi*ility of an acci&ent. A %oman in normal health %hose home life is congenial) %ho loves chil&ren an& %ho &esires to have one) never sho'l& have any serio's tro'*le nor great (ain. She %ants to have healthy se1'al organs %ith room for &evelo(ment of the *a*e) an& strong m'scles to (erform their %ork in e1(elling the *a*e. The ol&2fashione& corsets ('she& the organs o't of (lace) *'t the mo&ern ones) ma&e to conform to nat're. She feels it a &isgrace to *e a frail flo%er that cannot enter into the *est en+oyment of life. -f they %o'l& learn more a*o't these %on&erf'l *o&ies of o'rs an& more a*o't the care of little *a*ies) they %o'l& 'n&erstan& ho% to care for themselves so as to have healthy) ha((y *a*ies. . Her l'ngs are %ell &evelo(e& an& her *o&y %ell care& for) so she has no fear of &isease. >ainless chil&*irth is a (ossi*ility if %omen only 'n&erstoo& the care of themselves. The monthly &ischarge varies in 5'antity %ith the in&ivi&'al.%ante& yo' to kno% all these things) /iolet) for sometimes %hen little girls &o not 'n&erstan& %hat this flo% means they are frightene& %hen they see the *loo&. B't the mo&ern girl &oes not sto( there. So she &iscar&s clothing that restricts her organs. Us'ally fleshy girls flo% more than thin ones) an& &ark com(le1ione& girls than light ones. She %alks %ith free yet gracef'l ste() hol&ing her hea& high) for she kno%s she is 5'een of her king&om3her *o&y. She %ears comforta*le) %ell2fitting clothes. -f there is (ain) it sho%s that %e are not taking (ro(er care of o'rselves. .s lines) serve only as a s'((ort. .13 "'ring this (erio&) girls nat'rally have a feeling of lassit'&e or &isinclination to &o any great mental or (hysical %ork) accom(anie&) (erha(s) *y a slight feeling of 'neasiness in the (elvic region . The &ischarge lasts a*o't fo'r &ays) an& is the only sym(tom that many girls e1(erience in menstr'ation. Beca'se so many &o s'ffer at this time) it often is consi&ere& 6nat'ral6 an& allo%e& to contin'e) *'t no% that yo' kno% so m'ch a*o't the *o&y yo' %ill 'n&erstan& that it is not necessary to have any (ains at this (erio&. Besi&es &evelo(ing every organ an& m'scle of her *o&y an& training her min&) the mo&ern girl goes to a training school to (re(are for the mother calling. Recently) in a fe% schools) a co'rse of st'&y has *een (rovi&e& for the girls in the care of chil&ren) hygiene an& n'rsing. Even %omen %ho never *ecome mothers themselves in this %ay learn general (rinci(les of (sychology) hygiene an& the care of the sick that they might make 'se of in every station of life. -f they &o not) it 's'ally is *eca'se they have kno%n of other %omen s'ffering thro'gh ignorance an& are afrai&. Some %omen even &rea& motherhoo& *eca'se they &o not kno% %hat to e1(ect at that time nor ho% to care for themselves.the (art of the *o&y that contains the %om* an& ovaries<. As nat're &i& not make a %aist line) the one2 (iece &resses are es(ecially &esira*le. $ot only that *'t they %o'l& see it %as the nat'ral an& the *est thing for them to have chil&ren. The mo&ern athletic girl glories in her strength. This 's'ally is the case %ith those %ho are %ell an& %hose lives are ha((ily em(loye&. She glories in her strong) %ell2traine& *o&y. So it is in motherhoo&. Even o'r stomach %ill give 's severe (ain if %e &o not take (ro(er care of it or if %e overloa& it. All %omen nat'rally love *a*ies an& if ta'ght correctly %o'l& %ant to have them.ho(e) /iolet) that after a %hile yo' %ill *e a*le to learn many of these things) so that %hen yo' are a gro%n %oman an& the time comes for yo' to marry an& have a *a*y yo' %ill kno% +'st ho% to care for it.
!ne set of hel(ers is the teeth) %hich c't an& grin& the foo& into small (articles. -f %e neglect them many times the *o%els get tire& of telling 's) an& then their %ork is not &one. Another assistant that the stomach has is the intestines or *o%els) %hich not only hel( to &igest the foo& *'t also carry off the %aste material. -t has several hel(ers. $othing so &etracts from a girl. This seems to hel( at first) *'t %e soon fin& %e have to &o the same thing every &ay. A reg'lar &aily action of the *o%els is necessary to health.m'st tell yo' more a*o't the many hel(ers yo' have %ho assist in its gro%th. This they &o *y (rovi&ing it %ith foo& an& *y carrying a%ay the %aste material. -f any one organ co'l& not (erform its %ork) some other one %o'l& have to assist it) *'t) altho'gh the organs are %illing to hel( each other) it %o'l& not *e fair to make one &o more than its share of %ork) e1ce(t for a short time.have tol& yo' so many things a*o't the mother2nest) es(ecially a*o't ho% it is gro%ing all the time) . Consti(ation often may *e relieve& *y &rinking a glass of col& %ater '(on rising) at intervals &'ring the &ay) an& '(on retiring. We fo'n& the *o&y %as com(ose& of many (arts or organs) each one of %hich ha& its o%n es(ecial %ork to &o. The same is tr'e of the teeth.%hich is the health of the min&< is ke(t alive) cherishe&) an& confirme&. A&&ison. Reg'larity in going to the toilet is one of the most im(ortant meas'res in treating . The *o%els are very goo&) an& %ill tell 's %hen they have %aste material to *e &is(ose& of) *'t sometimes (eo(le are too *'sy an& &o not (ay attention. The *est %ay is to have a reg'lar time of going to the toilet) say) right after *reakfast. As *y the one) health is (reserve&) strengthene&) an& invigorate&8 *y the other) virt'e . Then) too) %e m'st *e caref'l not to *reak the teeth *y *iting n'ts an& other har& things. We think they are la9y an& so %e try to %hi( them '( *y taking a la1ative. B't the stomach &oes not have to &o this all alone. All this time the fa'lt %as o'r o%n) for %e &i& not 'n&erstan&. The teeth sho'l& *e thoro'ghly e1amine& *y a goo& &entist at least every si1 months. -t is as im(ortant to &o this as to %ash the &ishes. We can kee( them in goo& con&ition *y *r'shing them. -n or&er to &o this) they m'st *e ke(t in very goo& con&ition8 other%ise) they co'l& not &o their %ork. #o' kno% if yo'r mother %o'l& let the kitchen knives get &'ll or r'sty) she %o'l& *e 'na*le to c't the *rea&) meat an& other foo& materials %ith them. Then %e nee& have no tro'*le %ith consti(ation nor take any horri& me&icine to %hi( the *o%els. -f %e al%ays go at the same time the *o%els %ill remem*er it. #o' remem*er) the stomach ha& a great &eal of %ork to &o in &igesting the foo& or (re(aring it so it co'l& *e taken '( *y the *loo& an& carrie& to the %om* an& all (arts of the *o&y.s a((earance an& nothing is more con&'cive to in&igestion than (oorly care& for teeth.11 Rea&ing is to the min& %hat e1ercise is to the *o&y. CHAPTER VI BUILDING THE NEST $o% that . Fr'it at *reakfast or figs taken after meals often %ill relieve a ten&ency to consti(ation. They sho'l& *e *r'she& at least t%ice &aily an& the mo'th after%ar&s rinse& %ith a mil& antise(tic sol'tion.
So cleverly %or&e& are the a&vertisements of many of the la1atives that (eo(le are le& to *elieve that if they &rink certain 6%aters6 or 6teas6 they are avoi&ing me&icine) %hile often these same teas an& %aters contain &r'gs more (o%erf'l an& harmf'l than any (ill. -f the *loo& is not carrying the skin s'fficient no'rishment) it %ill *e very (ale an& &'ll looking.%ant to hel( yo' to gro% as *ea'tif'l as =o& meant yo' to *e %hen He tho'ght of yo' first. Then %e %ill have (im(les or *lackhea&s. The *o%els have some one to assist them) too) for the ki&neys carry off m'ch of the %aste material of the *o&y. -n the same %ay it is necessary to fl'sh the ki&neys. Also yo' m'st have (lenty of e1ercise) so as to hel( sen& the *loo& all over the *o&y. =eorge ac"onal&. =enerally) tho'gh) it %ill *e fo'n& . #o' kno% %hen yo' r'n) the *loo& flo%s m'ch faster than %hen yo' are 5'iet. -f yo' %ant to have nice re& cheeks) yo' m'st *reathe in (lenty of fresh air.12 consti(ation. Each (erson. CHAPTER VII THE SIGN LANGUAGE "o yo' kno% one %ay %e can tell if all the organs are &oing their %ork %ell4 By %atching for the sign lang'age. We &o this *y &rinking (lenty of %ater. Every one sho'l& &rink a*o't t%o 5'arts of %ater a &ay. So common is the (ractice of taking &aily la1atives that it has *ecome a 6national c'rse. . !ther hel(ers that carry some of the %aste material from the *o&y are the l'ngs) %hich sen& o't the im('re air. There is another %orker that hel(s *oth the ki&neys an& the *o%els.s skin is a la% 'nto itself) an& %hat is *eneficial to one may not *e to another. -f the %aste materials are not *eing carrie& off) they may acc'm'late in the skin an& clog the (ores.6 >eo(le &o not reali9e that they are slaves to this ha*it. So yo' see ho% necessary it is to take fre5'ent *aths to kee( the (ores o(en. -n&ee&) they carry off so m'ch that they sometimes are calle& the se%ers. -t is a goo& (lan to stan& *y an o(en %in&o% every morning an& every evening an& fill yo'r l'ngs %ith goo&) ('re air) taking a*o't t%enty2five &ee( *reaths. La1atives or cathartics sho'l& not *e taken e1ce(t for an occasional &ose or &'ring illness) '(on the a&vice of a (hysician. This is the skin) %hich sen&s off %aste material thro'gh the tiny (ores or o(enings. -f &irt acc'm'lates on the skin) it clogs the (ores so the skin cannot 'se them. -t often is necessary to fl'sh the se%ers of the city) that is) to sen& 5'antities of %ater thro'gh them to clean the system. The l'ngs also take in the ('re air) %hich) yo' remem*er) hel(s to make the re& coloring matter in the *loo&.
Us'ally once in t%o %eeks is often eno'gh) *'t light) oily hair may re5'ire it more fre5'ently) for it loses m'ch of its *ea'ty %hen oily. Ho% often that is &e(en&s on the nat're of the hair an& the occ'(ation of the o%ner.an& &o not *e afrai& to r'* the face a little<. When yo' are rea&ing or %riting) the light sho'l& come over yo'r left sho'l&er) an& yo' sho'l& never try to rea& in a (oor light. The val'e of tonics often is in the massage. The hair sho'l& *e sham(ooe& often eno'gh to kee( it clean an& fl'ffy. That is yo'r han&s an& nails. Wo'l& it not *e &rea&f'l if they *ecame so tire& or %orn o't that %e co'l& not see %ith them4 The care of the eyes is very im(ortant. The hair also sho%s the state of the health) an& it sho%s if %e are careless. The *loo& is not &is(osing of the %aste material (ro(erly) an& it is *eing left to clog the (ores of the skin. any of the hair tonics an& sham(oos on the market not only are not *eneficial) *'t are &angero's. !ne of the most (otent charms a %oman can have is a %ell2ke(t) l'1'riant) glossy hea& of hair. -f yo' are going o't in the s'n or %in&) follo% %ith a little goo& talc'm or rice (o%&er) to (rotect the face from the ra% %in&s) or) if the skin is incline& to *e &ry) a((ly a little col& cream *efore 'sing the (o%&er. -f (eo(le only kne% ho% m'ch esteem they lose thro'gh s'ch &efects) they %o'l& give more attention to the matter. :'st think ho% 5'ickly one notices thin) &ry) stiff hair on a %oman. This not only makes them less attractive) *'t it sho%s %e m'st atten& to them. . #o' %ill fin& as yo' gro% ol&er that yo' are +'&ge& a goo& &eal *y the little things. Sometimes) if the eyes are tire&) it %ill rest them to *athe them in %arm) *oile& %ater in %hich some *oracic aci& crystals have *een &issolve&. To (romote the gro%th of the hair) massage of the scal( 's'ally *rings very satisfactory res'lts) stim'lating a ne% gro%th an& healthy a((earance. An& as for those that carry aro'n& &isease& scal(s) (lastere& %ith offensive oils) they are (erfectly hi&eo's. An or&inary egg sham(oo) %hich may *e (re(are& at home) is (erha(s the *est) for it not only cleanses *'t no'rishes the hair.13 hel(f'l to *athe the face at night %ith hot %ater) to remove all &irt8 then) if the skin is ro'gh) massage %ith goo& col& cream. $othing so &etracts from a girl. -t %ill (ay yo' to get '( half an ho'r earlier if necessary so as to give yo'rself time for those little (ersonal attentions that hel( to make a girl &ainty. #o' may even ('t a fe% &ro(s of this sol'tion right in the eye) *'t never ('t anything else in it e1ce(t *y the &irections of a (hysician) as the eyes are too (recio's to take any risks) an& sometimes they are in+'re& *y vario's eye %aters. >eo(le %ho are caref'l a*o't the a((earance of their nails 's'ally are caref'l a*o't other things. These er'(tions sho'l& not *e neglecte&) as they sometimes in&icate a serio's con&ition of the *loo& or circ'lation.s a((earance as soile& or 'nti&y hair. The eyes tell if %e are tire& or 'n%ell) for then they %ill *e &'ll) %hile) if %e a*'se or strain them) they often are re&. H'sh) my &ear) lie still an& sl'm*er) Holy angels g'ar& thy *e&7 Heavenly *lessings %itho't n'm*er . -n the morning a 5'ick r'* %ith col& %ater sho'l& *e taken .s hea&. Any er'(tions on the face sho% a &efect in the circ'lation. #o' %ill *e s'r(rise& at the effect on yo'r min& of e1tra %ell2*r'she& hair) clear) *right com(le1ion) (olishe& nails an& a %ell2('t2on tie) also neat gloves an& shoes.m'st remin& yo' of a (art of yo'r *o&y that many (eo(le notice very often an& *y it +'&ge if yo' are careless.
A %arm *ath *efore retiring) follo%e& *y a gentle massage) es(ecially along the s(ine) often %ill) *y rela1ing the nerves an& m'scles) (ro&'ce very goo& res'lts. Sometimes) %hen (eo(le are not %ell or are all tire& o't) they fin& they cannot slee( %ell at night. There may *e a ten&ency to cry at trivial things) or a feeling of having 6the *l'es. ost little girls re5'ire eight or ten ho'rs. -f the slee(lessness is a res'lt of in&igestion) a (lain &iet %ill relieve. $ever take any slee(ing (o%&ers or ta*lets e1ce(t '(on the a&vice of a (hysician) for they 's'ally contain &r'gs that %ill in+'re the heart. A %oman %ho is nervo's fre5'ently &oes not reali9e %hat is the ca'se of her con&ition) an& consi&ers only the sym(toms. We m'st not *e neglectf'l an& fail to give them eno'gh rest) or they %ill soon get %orn o't an& give 's tro'*le. A glass of hot milk or cocoa) taken +'st *efore retiring) often %ill have the same effect.% s. #o' %ill fin&) /iolet) that yo' %ill meet a n'm*er of %omen %ho are nervo's) %hich means they have not control of their nerves) *'t let them r'n a%ay %ith them. So %hen she has a hea&ache) resorts to hea&ache (o%&ers or vario's effervescing &rinks. #o' sel&om %ill co'nt very many. Sometimes this is sho%n in (al(itation of the heart) hea&ache) *ackache) an& many other &isor&ers. The other (arts of the *o&y re5'ire rest) too. rest every night. A hot foot *ath) %hich &ra%s the *loo& a%ay from the *rain) fre5'ently %ill *e fo'n& *eneficial. . Whatever the ca'se) it sho'l& *e remove&) if (ossi*le) an& meas'res taken to restore the %orn o't nerves that are crying for rest or foo&. >ain is the cry of tort're& nerves) so if one s'ffers from hea&aches or .14 =ently falling on thy hea&.ee( the min& free from the cares of the &ay. There are a n'm*er of little things that can *e &one to in&'ce slee(. Then *reathe slo%ly thro'gh *oth nostrils) *'t co'nt yo'r *reaths. !ne goo& (lan is to close the left nostril *y (ressing on it %ith the finger) then take fo'r &ee( *reaths thro'gh the right nostril. ost of the reme&ies taken for hea&ache contain some harmf'l &r'g. CHAPTER VII REST AND SLEEP #o' have seen) /iolet) ho% all the (arts of the *o&y %ork together) altho'gh each one has its es(ecial (art to &o.6 The ca'se 's'ally can *e fo'n& in 'ncongenial s'rro'n&ings or occ'(ation) loss of frien&s) or real or fancie& tro'*les. Al%ays have (lenty of fresh air in the room. -n taking these she only is &ea&ening the (ain an& not removing the ca'se) so the (ain is lia*le to ret'rn. #o' remem*er) %e fo'n& the stomach m'st have a time to rest *et%een meals. Then close the right nostril an& take fo'r &ee( *reaths thro'gh the left one. Slee(ing '(on a har& *e& %itho't any (illo% sometimes (ro&'ces the &esire& effect. Re(eat this a*o't fo'r times. Tonics hel() so &oes no'rishing foo&) s'ch as eggs an& milk8 also a change of scene an& occ'(ation) if (ossi*le. -f yo' look caref'lly at the la*el) yo' 's'ally %ill fin& that they contain mor(hine) (henacetin) or acetanili&) %hich are very &e(ressing to the heart. -f they %ill intr'&e) cro%& them o't *y re(eating something else3some soothing sentence or *it of (oetry. This they 's'ally get %hile %e are aslee(. .
.have tol& yo' ho% to care for this mother nest so it %ill gro% %ell an& strong) *'t no% . #o' kno%) the nest as %ell as the rest of the *o&y *elongs to yo' alone) an& no one has a right to in+'re it) *'t sometimes girls are as careless or as tho'ghtless as the *oy %ith the *ee an& &o things that are harmf'l. 0ho/son. As yo' go o't in the %orl& yo' %ill meet some girls an& some *oys %ho have never *een tol& these things an& &o not 'n&erstan& all the things yo' &o. #o') %ho kno% ho% necessary is every (art of the *o&y) %o'l& not allo% anyone to in+'re any (art of it) es(ecially the (art that contains the mother nest. B't in *athing the (arts yo' m'st *e caref'l to have yo'r o%n to%el an& not 'se any cloths that have *een 'se& *y other (eo(le) for there are some &rea&f'l &iseases) calle& the *lack (lag'es) that can *e carrie& to these organs *y anything that is not strictly clean) an& these &iseases sometimes &estroy the nest an& ov'les.am s're they %o'l& not &o this if they 'n&erstoo& that *y so &oing they %ere in+'ring the (recio's nest. So yo' m'st *e caref'l in all yo' &o.m'st tell yo' something more. The *est (lan is to +'st kee( them clean an& then not to'ch them at any other time nor allo% anyone else to &o so. Even from the *o&y.s ('rity) the min& Receives a secret sym(athetic ai&. #o' kno% if yo' or anyone else %o'l& ('t things into yo'r eyes or ears or (lay %ith them in any %ay yo' might lose yo'r sight or hearing. #o' %o'l& think it very foolish to allo% someone to ('t a *ee on yo'r face that %o'l& sting yo' an& yet there are some tho'ghtless chil&ren %ho %o'l& &o +'st that if yo' %o'l& let them.15 *ackaches) she sho'l& not take any of these harmf'l &r'gs) *'t sho'l& h'nt for the ca'se of the (ain an& remove that. Some little girls %ho &o not 'n&erstan& %hat their organs are for %ill even (lay %ith them) for they think it gives them a (leas'ra*le sensation. Sometimes they have very %rong i&eas an& %ill &o many things that are harmf'l. . . $ot only that) *'t they %ill try to get yo' to &o them. They might even try to tell yo' it %o'l& not h'rt yo') *'t of co'rse yo' %o'l& kno% *etter. There also are tho'ghtless chil&ren %ho &o things to in+'re their *o&ies. Think ho% *a&ly the mother *ir& m'st have felt %hen the chil& &estroye& the nest) an& think ho% *a&ly yo' %o'l& feel) %hen it came time for yo' to marry an& have a *a*y) if yo' fo'n& the nest ha& *een so in+'re& that yo' co'l& not have any. CHAPTER IX INJURY OF THE NEST We %ho love *ir&s %o'l& not &o anything to in+'re their homes) *'t there are some chil&ren %ho have not learne& to love *ir&s or %ho are tho'ghtless an& in+'re their nests) sometimes even tearing them to (ieces or *reaking off the lim* of the tree. -t is the same %ay %ith the mother nest an& other organs.
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