It's 2017, yet plenty of young women (and even adults) still feel ashamed to talk about their period. The hush-hush nature of conversations about this totally natural and normal part of being a woman has made it so that we believe we have to hide which is why we can't help but be in awe of this mother who threw her 12-year-old a surprise party for starting her period. (Read: 14 Things You Wish You Could Say to Your Period)
According to Buzzfeed, Shelly didn't want her daughter Brooke Lee to feel that menstruation was something to be afraid of. So when her first period arrived, she threw her daughter a celebration complete with a red and white cake, tampons, and pads. She hoped that the gesture would help transform the potentially scary experience into something empowering—and from the looks of it, that's exactly what happened. (Read: There's Finally a Period Commercial That Actually Shows Blood)
Brooke's cousin Autumn decided to share some photos from the party to Twitter, and not surprisingly, they quickly went viral.
Brooke started her period today & my family is super extra pic.twitter.com/ed14gNrgKf
— Ahhdum (@autumn1shea) January 10, 2017
"The party was very hilarious but normal for me because I'm used to it from my family," Autumn told Teen Vogue "I think this party helped a lot of people see the correct way things like this should be handled rather than being shamed for your body."
So far, over 15,000 people have retweeted the post and some have shared why they think a period party might be the best idea ever. "Your family is great. That kind of support is so important," one Twitter user wrote. "More parents need to be open and supportive about things like this," wrote another.
Congratulations on your first period, Brooke! Try to keep the celebration in mind when the cramps kick in.