By Christine Trexler
I'm Chris and in an earlier story, Last From Mom, you heard about my
being home sick from school and how my mother gave me an enema that
morning. You also heard about how she told her best friend, Connie, who
also happened to be the mother of my best friend, Barb. But this was the
1960's and it was pretty common for kids to get, as Mom used to say, "a
nice enema" for "a good cleaning out" when they were home sick. The
following is a story of a group of neighborhood moms who would get
together every now and then for coffee and just talked, but in many
instances it was just to share neighborhood gossip. Let's look in on
"Carolyn, how's Chris doing? We chatted earlier when she was home sick
from school. There's been a bug going around. She's OK now, I hope,"
said Connie pouring some freshly brewed coffee for her three friends..
"Oh, she's fine. She went back to school the next day. Like I told you,
she'd been suffering from a cold all week and it finally got the best of
her. I had her taking a decongestant and it really just disrupted her
"Disrupted her system? What happened? Did it upset her stomach or did
she become really drowsy? I know those things can make me get that way,"
added Roberta while adding a touch of cream to her cup of coffee..
"No, nothing like that. Would you believe that it actually constipated
her. She was really very sluggish. So I gave her a good enema later that
morning once my husband had left for work and Robbie had gotten on the
"That was probably the best thing for her. Some warm water and a little
Ivory soap are all that it takes to get them feeling better. It's far
better than any laxative. It's fast acting and unlike a laxative it will
"You're right because I never have to fill the bag either. But Chris was
just plugged up and needed some help. She complained a little but she
has usually been very good about it for me and didn't fuss at all."
"I tell you, an enema is just the best thing for kids every now and
then," added Debbie. And then after swallowing a sip of coffee added,
"They just don't take the time to go to the bathroom when they're
supposed to. Do they? Sometimes I just feel it's a good time to give all
three of my kids a good cleaning out. They're not especially fond of it,
but it does them good."
"That's probably not a bad idea, but the only time that mine get an
enema is if they're home sick from school. It's a good way to make sure
that they don't play sick. Like your kids, Debbie, neither Chris nor
Robbie like getting an enema, but they put up with it for me. I think
there was a time that when I'd take the bag out of the closet that
Robbie would run the other way even if he knew it wasn't for him."
"Put up with it? They sound like my kids. I guess that they sort of put
up with it for the most part. The older two will always whine about not
needing one, but that doesn't bother me. They get one anyway. But the
younger one, she will cry and fuss something awful. That doesn't stop me
either. She just makes it tougher on herself because once I've made up
my mind that she'd going to get an enema, she's going to get one."
Connie, who hadn't said much up to this point added, "I give Barb an
enema when she needs one and she's always been really good about it for
me. It must be a sign that she's getting older because a couple of
months ago she wasn't feeling well and actually came and asked me for
one. She wasn't direct, but just asked that if she hadn't been to the
bathroom for a while what would really help. In our house there's only
one answer to that question and she knew what it would be. Nevertheless,
I was really surprised, but of course helped her out and gave her one.
And she was right because an enema was exactly what she needed to have."
"None of mine have done that. But I guess that she is turning into a
real young lady then, isn't she?" replied Roberta. "Which reminds me, I
really have to get us a new enema bag. The last time I used ours I
pulled its hanging hole tall the way through. It was about due to retire
because it was so old. I got it from my mom who I think wound up with it
when her aunt passed away. It had to have been 50 years old."
"Good ones do last almost forever, though," said Carolyn. "My
grandmother has one she still uses and has to be that old."
"My grammy didn't have an enema bag, but had a white enamel can. I got
my share from that too," said Debbie. "By the way, Roberta, the Rexall
store is having a 2 for 1 sale. I think I might still have the coupon if
"Thanks, but we might still have the newspaper in the garage. I'll have
to look for it. Besides a second bag might be useful. I could keep it
and send it off with Linda when she goes to college. She'll need one
then," said Roberta.
"It's probably alright to send girls off to college with them, but I
don't think I'd do that with either of the boys. I think they'll avoid
that like the plague."
"You know, Roberta, if you send Linda off to school with that new bag
she might decide to use it for something other than enemas," added
Carolyn with a little laugh in her voice. "It wouldn't surprise me."
"You're probably right. After all, I suspect that most of us did have a
feminine syringe while we were still teenagers? I know I did," replied
Connie. "Would you believe that Mom actually bought it for me. It was a
yellow folding type and I still have it."
Roberta added, "That's why Mom gave me that old one of my aunt's. Later
I bought a bulb for douching and decided to use her syringe for enemas."
"So long as we're confessing, I had one, too," said admitted Debbie
holding up her right hand.
"So did I," replied Carolyn finally being the last to fess up. "But as
long as I lived home I got enemas from Mom's red bag. I guess we're
creatures of our upbringing because that's exactly the type I bought
once John and I got married."
"Well, now that we know that we're all ‘enema moms' what else is there
to talk about?" asked Roberta. "I know any of our kids would rather die
than to learn that we have shared this information. Although all of them
know that that the others all get them. I guess it's something like a
"I wouldn't be so sure of that," said Carolyn. "Chris told me that she
and Barb have talked about them and they know that if one has been home
sick from school that they were more than likely to have been given "a
good cleaning out."
"I wonder if they'll be giving their kids enemas when they're moms? And
then talking about it with their friends?" asked Connie.
"Wouldn't surprise me at all. Moms do talk, you know," replied Carolyn
and at which point everyone had a good laugh even if it was at their