What happened to my penis?
I just found a great blog called What I'm Missing. The author kurt_t has a lot to say about circumcision and he says it well. He tells his circumcision story from the beginning, with each blog post adding to the story of his journey. The posts remind me of story teller Jean Shepard, but Kurt should not give up his day job, yet.
My first hint that something was missing came about age nine or ten. Some grown up or another had given my friend John a new Slip 'N Slide for his birthday. He and I and our friend Michael were changing into our swimsuits in John's bedroom preparatory to slipping and sliding on this most coveted Wham-O product when one or the other of them (I forget which one.) said to me "What happened to your penis?"
I bent forward and looked down. "What do you mean what happened to my penis? It looks just it always does."
"What happened to the cover?" John-or-Michael said.
"The what?" I said. I straightened up and looked at John. Then I looked at Michael. And I don't mean in the eye.
Well, whaddya know? My penis looked like a little mushroom with a little brown stripe around it. And their penises looked like ...
And so starts Part 1, What happened?, the story of one man's discovery that he was circumcised, that a part of his penis had been removed shortly after birth. The story moves to elementary school and sex education. He next tells of junior high and an encounter with the school nurse, sorta. Each blog post tells one more part of his self-realization journey as Kurt learns more about what it means to be a circumcised man.
Readers should start at Part 1, What happened? and read each part in order. I cannot wait to find out how everything turns out.