An Australian mother has shared the hilarious picture her five-year-old son drew of her – declaring she doesn’t know whether ‘to be proud or embarrassed’ at the depiction.
Sharing the coloured pencil drawing to mummy blogger Constance Hall’s Facebook page last week, Penny Rohleder, from NSW, said her son, Julian, had produced a family portrait.
The picture showed his mother – mostly drawn in grey pencil – on the left of the page.
‘I said “What’s that red bit on me”?’ she wrote.
‘And he replied, real casual, “That’s your period”. LOL…’
Penny told Daily Mail Australia that Julian is a ‘really caring, loving kid who is always worried about my health.’
She said she became ill with a pulmonary embolism in October 2016 just before her youngest son was born – which meant she was put on blood thinning treatment.
‘Since then, the blood thinners make my periods very, very bad,’ Penny explained.
She said that recently things were so bad she needed to jump in the shower quickly to clean up while her son was on the toilet.
‘Jules was super concerned, but he knows about periods – kids follow you to the toilet every chance they get – and so he just kept asking me if I was ok,’ she said.
Penny explained that she told her little boy she was fine and didn’t think any more of it.
But after she got dressed and was walking out of her room later, he bought her the drawing.
‘I said “thanks mate that’s beautiful!” And he said “I thought you’d love it”,’ she explained.
‘Then my seven-year-old daughter pipes up and said “he added something”, and I looked again, and realised the red and I said “what’s that red bit on me” and he shrugged, looked at me with his big brown eyes and said “that’s your period”.
‘I lost the plot at that point I couldn’t stop laughing’.
Parents from around the globe were quick to share their own stories after hearing Penny’s tale – with 24,000 people liking her post.
‘I went and got a blood test when Mr. 8 was about 3 or 4,’ one mother wrote.
‘He told the lady that if she couldn’t get enough out of my arm she could probably get it from my front bum because it bleeds sometimes….. I nearly died.’
‘Oh god. Had to try to laugh internally so as not to wake my feeding baby. Very funny!’ another mum wrote.