Three gateways span the path of earthly existence: one at the entrance which we call the gate of birth; one at the close which we call the gate of death, and one at the entrance to the wondrous Land of the Teens, which we call the gate of manhood or of womanhood. At each of these gates a wonderful gift is presented to each individual. At the gate of birth it is the gift of earthly life, at death it is the gift of continued life, and at the gate which opens into the Land of the Teens it is the gift of creative life. You see that each gift is of life.
The path of earthly life, beginning at the gateway of birth, passes through the sunny meadow-land of Childhood, and also through a strange, mysterious land to which we have referred as the Land of the Teens, before reaching the Heights of Maturity. This Land of the Teens is peculiar in that the inhabitants are neither children nor adults, and yet, with the inexperience of children, they have many of the desires and emotions of grown-up people. This constitutes an element of great danger, while another source of danger is the fact that adequate guidance is not always given in this transition period, or, if proffered, is proudly rejected by those who think that being in their “teens” makes them wise above that which is written.
CHAPTER I. WHAT ARE YOU WORTH? CHAPTER II. CARE OF BODY. FOOTNOTES: CHAPTER III. FOOD. CHAPTER IV. SLEEP. CHAPTER V. BREATHING. CHAPTER VI. HINDRANCES TO BREATHING. CHAPTER VII. ADDED INJURIES FROM TIGHT CLOTHING. CHAPTER VIII. EXERCISE. CHAPTER IX. BATHING. PART II. CHAPTER X. CREATIVE POWER. CHAPTER XI. BUILDING BRAINS. CHAPTER XII. YOU ARE MORE THAN BODY OR MIND. CHAPTER XIII. SPECIAL PHYSIOLOGY. CHAPTER XIV. BECOMING A WOMAN. CHAPTER XV. ARTIFICIALITIES OF CIVILIZED LIFE. CHAPTER XVI. SOME CAUSES OF PAINFUL MENSTRUATION. CHAPTER XVII. "FEMALE DISEASES." CHAPTER XVIII. CARE DURING MENSTRUATION. CHAPTER XIX. SOLITARY VICE. CHAPTER XX. BE GOOD TO YOURSELF. CHAPTER XXI. FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN BOYS AND GIRLS. CHAPTER XXII. FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN GIRLS. CHAPTER XXIII. EXERCISES. CHAPTER XXIV. RECREATIONS. PART III. LOVE; HEREDITY; ENGAGEMENTS. CHAPTER XXV. LOVE. CHAPTER XXVI. RESPONSIBILITY IN MARRIAGE. CHAPTER XXVII. THE LAW OF HEREDITY. CHAPTER XXVIII. HEREDITARY EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, ETC. CHAPTER XXIX. EFFECTS OF IMMORALITY ON THE RACE. FOOTNOTES: CHAPTER XXX. THE GOSPEL OF HEREDITY. BIBLE TEXTS BEARING ON THE SUBJECT OF HEREDITY. CHAPTER XXXI. REQUISITES OF A HUSBAND. CHAPTER XXXII. ENGAGEMENTS. CHAPTER XXXIII. THE WEDDING.
Mr. Wayne, glancing out of the window, saw some one passing down the front steps. Suddenly a look of recognition came into his face, and he turned to his wife with the exclamation, “I declare, Mary, our daughter Helen is almost a woman, isn’t she?”
“Yes,” replied Mrs. Wayne, coming to his side and watching the slender figure going down the street. Her face bore a look of motherly pride, but she sighed, as she said,
“Yes, Time and Death are equally inexorable; they both take our babies from us.”
“But not after the same fashion,” replied Mr. Wayne. “Death takes them from our sight, where we cannot witness their growth and development, cannot know into what beauty they have blossomed.”
“Still,” said Mrs. Wayne, “we do not recognize the changes Time makes until they are accomplished. So gradually does the blossom unfold that there is no day to which we can point as the day on which the bud became the full blown flower. On what day did Helen cease to be a baby and become a child? On what day will she cease to be a child and become a woman?”
“We will know when the actual physical change takes place, but even after that I trust there will remain to us something of our little girl. I do not like to think of her approaching the sentimental age. How old is she?”
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