Chapter 25 Summary
At the end of the school year, there is a big party in the gym. Margaret spends the afternoon marveling about the fact that she is going to be in seventh grade next year. She is proud of herself for being so grown-up. She only wishes her body would get the message and grow up as much as her mind has.
At the party, Margaret’s class gives Mr. Benedict a set of cuff links as a going-away present. He seems overwhelmed by the gift, and he thanks them for the teaching experience they gave him. When he adds that they gave him more experience than he bargained for, they laugh.
After the party, the four PTSes go out to lunch, where they share their worries about junior high. They have heard that junior high teachers can be strict, and that friends do not always get placed in the same classes. They are not sure how they will find their way from class to class alone.
That afternoon, Moose comes to mow Margaret’s lawn. On impulse, she runs outside to say that she is mad at him for claiming he made out with Laura Danker when he did not. He seems confused, and Margaret realizes that she had it all wrong again. It was not the boys who lied about Laura; it was Nancy. This makes sense to Margaret, who already knows that Nancy is a liar. She apologizes to Moose and runs inside feeling happy. Now that she knows he is not a liar; she can still like him.
Margaret goes to the bathroom, and when she pulls down her pants, she sees blood in her underwear. Surprised and pleased, she calls her mom and announces that she has her period. Margaret’s mom seems a little overwhelmed, but she has some maxi pads ready. She explains that she was going to put them in Margaret’s camp trunk just in case it happened over the summer.
Margaret’s mother wants to show her how to use the pad, but Margaret stops her. “Mom . . . I’ve been practicing in my room for two months!” she says. This makes Margaret’s mother laugh, and she says she will wait outside. Proudly, Margaret sticks the pad into her underwear.
That is all there is to it, and Margaret wonders whether anything will change now. Will anyone know the difference by looking at her? Will her friends treat her differently? She doubts it, but she is relieved that she is not the last one. “Now I am almost a woman!” Margaret says to herself.
This experience is enough to restore Margaret’s friendship with God. The story ends with her words to him:
I know you’re there God. I know you wouldn’t have missed this for anything! Thank you God. Thanks an awful lot . . . .