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Her mom's cast iron personality and no-frills approach to everything sends 16 year-old Martha in to the arms of another mother. With the "other-woman" Martha gets to learn about the nuances of menu planning and semi-formal attire. But what could either of these women offer her in the midst of her budding sexuality? And what, if anything, is Martha going to pass on to her own daughter - and how is she going to make it relevant in the preteen world of Harry Potter?
It's been 13 days. Non stop. That's one long period. But Martha's not worried - she's got a plan. Maybe her body is working out something her mind cannot. Maybe her uterus is finding a way to let go of all the ideas Martha's brain keeps holding on to, even though they weigh her down. Or maybe she's a little low on iron.
Of course Martha is going to breast feed her baby. It's the ancient way. It's the best way. So what if her daughter is adopted?
Her therapist gives her the assignment to have fun.
Fun? Shit, fun is hard.
Unwilling to back down from a challenge, Martha and her wife head out on a "fun date" - what could be more fun than an airplane hanger full of trampolines? And why isn't Martha wearing any pants?
Beauty Salon Myth
Some women feel pampered at the salon and leave feeling adored and adorned. Martha, not so much. Avoiding mirror eye contact with the stylist and even herself, Martha tries to hide her bitten nails and low image-esteem. As long as she never mentions being a mom, she just might get a cool haircut.
Whole Hog Femme
Getting married is a giant gender test. Fall in-love. Decide to commit to that love forever. Invite everyone you care about or who cares about you. In front of God and everybody promise to love your sweetheart forever, unconditionally. Does one shave her armpits for that?