January 17, 2013
When I was about ten years old my breasts started to develop. They were tender lumps on my chest. When I told Mama that I had sore lumps on my chest she marched me right up to Jo Voller’s house.
Jo was the oldest mom on the street. She had five children, four of them girls. She was a breast cancer survivor and she was menopausal. I stood in her kitchen, a kitchen I visited frequently while playing with the two youngest girls, Terri & Debbie; but this time I was alone with Jo and Mama. Jo asked me to lift my shirt and she gently, yet firmly, touched my growing buds and in a quick moment assured Mama that I was developing normally.
As my breasts grew Mama avoided buying me a bra and I avoided asking for one. Terri, who was two years older, had a training bra…
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