Guilford Woman September 2014 : Page 28

Finding Your Personal Fragrance Women have long been told that they should be overly con-cerned about their fragrance, uh . . . odor, uh . . . smell. From the time of my youth I remember my great-grandmother telling me that ladies did not sweat – they glisten and that only boys should smell like small (or large) dogs after playing outside. Our hair was supposed to smell like strawberries or coconut and our pulse points were to smell like lavender or rose water. We, as LADIES, were never supposed to SMELL! Never supposed to SWEAT! Never supposed to do or be anything but sweet, clean, fragrant, dry creatures. Well that all changed as we approached the ponderous predicament of puberty. Suddenly things were sprouting all over the place and we somehow moved from smelling like baby lotion to having a little bit of an, here it comes – odor! Deodorant made its way into the constant companion depart-ment as the ever present Teddy bear or favorite blanket had been just days before. We would not dare venture out of the house, nay away from the bathroom, without making sure that we had a dab of roll-on or cream deodorant firmly attached to our armpits. If used correctly it was applied at night before going to bed just in case we had to rush out of the house in the middle of the night. Then we would not have to worry about the odor (or the Oh Dear!) as one of my 8th grade teachers called it. We also had to have on clean, fresh untorn panties because – Heaven forbid – we might get into an accident. Well, I can tell you that after being a trauma nurse for many years I do not remem-ber worrying about the state of anyone’s panties when they were wheeled in by ambulance. But, wait! The best was yet to come. While a very few of us had been forewarned about the “curse” I dare say that none of us had been cautioned or counseled about the olfactory curse that emanated from the monthly disposals from our reproductive tracts. Heavens! Who knew that there would be visual and olfac-tory neon signs to accompany the curse? By this time many of us “ladies” were scared to death of of-fending or paranoid about being labeled as an inhabitant of Neptune’s depths! Isn’t it awful that in order to avoid the very pos-sibility that we might have something foul emanating from our lady parts we bought in to every advertisement to be as fresh as a field of daisies! I mean, do we really want to smell like daisies DOWN THERE! By Valda Boyd Ford, MPH, MS, RN So ladies, if there is nothing else that happens by the time you fin-ish reading this article I hope that you will come to realize, as I have, that we come complete with perfectly wonderful, self-clean-ing and naturally nice lady parts. If we have a very sweet smell coming from our nether regions that may be a sign of something problematic. Let’s face it, we are wonderfully and wondrously made. We do not need to add all manner of artificial cream, potion, lotion, cleansing agent or powder to our Venus parts. A simple wash with soap and water (on the outside only) is more than sufficient. I know it may be difficult to accept but the way you came is the way you should be. Unless you have a special request from your special person leave the food and garden section in a place that is not on your body. You can find your personal fragrance without the aid of any cosmetics or pharmaceutical companies. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love lavender at the pulse points – just remember where they are! Our next “Sex is Not for Sissies” Seminar will be in September 2014. Learn more by visiting sexisnotforsissies.com or contact Valda at valda@sexisnotforsissies.com Valda Boyd Ford, MPH, MS, RN is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Human Diversity, Inc. Ford holds a Master of Public Health Policy Analysis and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Nursing Administration from Creighton University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University. Valda Boyd Ford’s career includes nearly a decade of service in Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. From Fortune 500 companies and small businesses to health organizations and law enforce-ment agencies, Ford has made presentations on leadership, pub-lic health, and cultural competency in 25 states of the U.S, as well as in over 40 countries abroad including China, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Wales, Poland, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Denmark, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Australia. Back to School By Tim Montgomery There’s a Chinese Proverb that reads, “if you are planning for a year plant corn. If you are planning for a decade plant a tree. If you are planning for a lifetime educate and train a child.” At the Pied-mont School we are excited to be at the beginning of another school year, which will once again give us the opportunity to play an important roll in changing the lives of our students. We can’t wait. Please take this opportunity to get involved from day one at your child’s school this year to assure the experience is a positive one for both you and your child. In today’s world we are all busy and there never seems to be enough time to complete our daily tasks, but remember when it comes to the education of your child, you are not planning for a year or a decade, you are planning for a lifetime. Tim Montgomery Head of School The Piedmont School 28 | GUILFORDWOMAN.COM

Finding Your Personal Fragrance

Valda Boyd Ford

<br /> Women have long been told that they should be overly concerned about their fragrance, uh... odor, uh ... smell. From the time of my youth I remember my great-grandmother telling me that ladies did not sweat – they glisten and that only boys should smell like small (or large) dogs after playing outside. Our hair was supposed to smell like strawberries or coconut and our pulse points were to smell like lavender or rose water.<br /> <br /> We, as LADIES, were never supposed to SMELL! Never supposed to SWEAT! Never supposed to do or be anything but sweet, clean, fragrant, dry creatures. Well that all changed as we approached the ponderous predicament of puberty. Suddenly things were sprouting all over the place and we somehow moved from smelling like baby lotion to having a little bit of an, here it comes – odor!<br /> <br /> Deodorant made its way into the constant companion department as the ever present Teddy bear or favorite blanket had been just days before. We would not dare venture out of the house, nay away from the bathroom, without making sure that we had a dab of roll-on or cream deodorant firmly attached to our armpits. If used correctly it was applied at night before going to bed just in case we had to rush out of the house in the middle of the night. Then we would not have to worry about the odor (or the Oh Dear!) as one of my 8th grade teachers called it.<br /> <br /> We also had to have on clean, fresh untorn panties because – Heaven forbid – we might get into an accident. Well, I can tell you that after being a trauma nurse for many years I do not remember worrying about the state of anyone’s panties when they were wheeled in by ambulance.<br /> <br /> But, wait! The best was yet to come. While a very few of us had been forewarned about the “curse” I dare say that none of us had been cautioned or counseled about the olfactory curse that emanated from the monthly disposals from our reproductive tracts. Heavens! Who knew that there would be visual and olfactory neon signs to accompany the curse?<br /> <br /> By this time many of us “ladies” were scared to death of offending or paranoid about being labeled as an inhabitant of Neptune’s depths! Isn’t it awful that in order to avoid the very possibility that we might have something foul emanating from our lady parts we bought in to every advertisement to be as fresh as a field of daisies! I mean, do we really want to smell like daisies DOWN THERE!<br /> <br /> So ladies, if there is nothing else that happens by the time you finish reading this article I hope that you will come to realize, as I have, that we come complete with perfectly wonderful, self-cleaning and naturally nice lady parts. If we have a very sweet smell coming from our nether regions that may be a sign of something problematic.<br /> <br /> Let’s face it, we are wonderfully and wondrously made. We do not need to add all manner of artificial cream, potion, lotion, cleansing agent or powder to our Venus parts. A simple wash with soap and water (on the outside only) is more than sufficient. I know it may be difficult to accept but the way you came is the way you should be. Unless you have a special request from your special person leave the food and garden section in a place that is not on your body.<br /> <br /> You can find your personal fragrance without the aid of any cosmetics or pharmaceutical companies. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love lavender at the pulse points – just remember where they are!<br /> <br /> Our next “Sex is Not for Sissies” Seminar will be in September 2014. Learn more by visiting sexisnotforsissies.com or contact Valda at valda@sexisnotforsissies.com<br /> <br /> Valda Boyd Ford, MPH, MS, RN is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Human Diversity, Inc. Ford holds a Master of Public Health Policy Analysis and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Nursing Administration from Creighton University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University.<br /> <br /> Valda Boyd Ford’s career includes nearly a decade of service in Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. From Fortune 500 companies and small businesses to health organizations and law enforcement agencies, Ford has made presentations on leadership, public health, and cultural competency in 25 states of the U.S, as well as in over 40 countries abroad including China, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Wales, Poland, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Denmark, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Australia.

Back to School

Tim Montgomery

<br /> There’s a Chinese Proverb that reads, “if you are planning for a year plant corn. If you are planning for a decade plant a tree. If you are planning for a lifetime educate and train a child.” At the Piedmont School we are excited to be at the beginning of another school year, which will once again give us the opportunity to play an important roll in changing the lives of our students. We can’t wait. Please take this opportunity to get involved from day one at your child’s school this year to assure the experience is a positive one for both you and your child. In today’s world we are all busy and there never seems to be enough time to complete our daily tasks, but remember when it comes to the education of your child, you are not planning for a year or a decade, you are planning for a lifetime.

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