Dear Red Hot Mamas

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: June 15, 2011

As many of you might know, one of my favorite pleasures in life is cooking and entertaining family and friends. I love it so much, I have even co-authored a cookbook and there is another one about to be published. When I entertain, my guests usually enjoy a nice glass of wine, so I make a visit to the local spirits shop to prepare. And, it never fails, I’m always asked to show my driver’s license. It always brings a twinkle to my wrinkle when I reach into my purse and pull it out. I’ve even tried to give them my AARP card. It still is rather funny to be asked for ID. Can’t they see I have reached menopause?

The ID routine conjures up memories of the many events that paved the pathway of my womanhood. Many of the “firsts” seem quite funny to me now. Perhaps, some of you can relate.

Some of these first things I clearly can recall are: getting a pixie haircut; my first Barbie doll, the first time crossing the street by myself, my first bra, my first valentine, my first ear piercing, my first date, my first kiss, my first car, my first job, the first time I needed to show my ID for ordering wine in a restaurant, my first gray hair, my first hot flash, the first time I realized I was in menopause. I’m just happy that I can recollect so many firsts.

I can’t ever recall, however, at being the first in line at public ladies bathrooms. Oh how I wish I did. The lines seem to get longer and longer. It has always puzzled me why there are no lines in men’s rooms, but always in women’s. I propose “potty reform”. There needs to be more bathrooms apportioned for women. I suggest there be twice as many as men have in restroom facilities. Then, perhaps, I may have another chance at remembering another first.

This month, we would like to thank Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, IL for renewing their Red Hot Mamas Program. We appreciate your tremendous commitment to providing women and their families with important menopause healthcare information and support. Here’s to another successful year! Please be sure to view the complete online list of our programs to find a location near you.

Good Health to You,

Karen Giblin
Founder and President
Red Hot Mamas

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