Perils of "Paul" and his Puberty
This is Puberty
which is the process of physical changes through which a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction. It is initiated by hormonal signals from the brain to the gonads: the ovaries in a girl, the testes in a boy. In response to the signals, the gonads produce hormones that stimulate libido and the growth, function, and transformation of the brain, bones, muscle, blood, skin, hair, breasts, and sex organs. Physical growth—height and weight—accelerates in the first half of puberty and is completed when an adult body has been developed. Until the maturation of their reproductive capabilities, the pre-pubertal physical differences between boys and girls are the external sex organs.
On average, girls begin puberty around ages 10–11 and end puberty around 15-17; boys begin around ages 11–12 and end around 16-17.
Puberty is a Strange
time for all teenagers. I know. I could not discover a scientific way to skip over puberty. The thing was I really didn't know that much about puberty because my parents were very strict and conservative and things like puberty (in my day) were seldom talked in nice company.
But when puberty hit, you knew it without reading a program. There was no place you could hide from puberty and not enough sick days for my mom to call our school principal to let me stay home. If you want to split hairs, when puberty hit me, I was sick. Sick and tired of this evil spell that Mother Nature had cast upon me.
That was Then
and this is now. Let's talk about puberty from another student's point of view. This piece is entitled: Facing the Perils of "Paul" and his Puberty.
- One night our all-American teen, "Paul," to bed and then in the next morning at breakfast his voice changed all overnight. His voice now sounded like a mixture of slipping fanbelts on a car and a clothes dryer filled with steel balls and running on high. Talk about pure embarrassment.
- After puberty hit my fictitious teen, "Paul," took up staring into every mirror that he could find. "Paul" was worried about why his eyebrows and facial hair was growing in an extra-fast manner and this teen got scared. So scared that he also took up a new hobby besides mirror-staring. "Paul's" new hobby was seeking new places to hide from other people to keep down the humiliation of puberty.
- "Paul," after his friends gig him about "this" stage of life that happens to everyone, "Paul" thinks that he can relax. Not so. Now it's time for "Paul's" caring parents to sit him down and have "that" talk. You know the one. The talk that makes puberty look as gentle as Mary's little lamb. This is the talk that opens the door for guys in puberty and how they should think about sex. And believe me, no matter how much talking and advising from any loving parent, guys have one thing and one thing only on their minds: sex.
- The other area of puberty for "Paul" is very scary. And right now I am choosing my every word here. This is frightening for us boys whose bodies is now changing and reacting in scary ways each time our eyes just happen to see a very pretty girl and the age of that pretty girl should be near his age or older. Personally, I chose (after I learned about puberty) older girls and women. I am serious. When I was 14, I can tell you with a clear conscience that I dreamed of girls at the age of 22 and as I grew older, 30. The type of girls who cut school, smoke cigarettes, dye their hair brunette and wear too much make-up. (See video on this hub from Confederate Railroad, "(I Like Women) Just a Little on The Trashy Side"). (See video (and enjoy) at the very bottom of this hub).
- One of the strange quirks about puberty is that males when walking by girls who are dealing with their own cross to bear, puberty, the girls for some reason, all break out in gales of laughter and act silly when a prepubescent male or two walk by going somewhere else.
- Shyness in males experiencing puberty is very evident. Males who were once the tower of strength of confidence, magically turn into Jell-O and (like item above) seek the best hiding places so girls with prepubescent girls will not laugh at them.
- I do not know that much about girls who have been hit with puberty, but I can tell you that I, along with my male friends all began to sweat in abnormal levels and in social places where us guys in puberty would surely stand out like a sore social calendar.
- The number one thing about "Paul" and his perils of puberty would be that now that his puberty is now a part of his life, yet another thing happens: "Paul" begins to really notice and adore girls. He takes to writing love notes, love poems and even being brave enough to call them on his home telephone.
And I can vouch for every item on this hub. I know a lot (not all) about puberty because I lived it.
Good night, Lansing, Michigan.
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