You'd think, as grown women, we would know when our period was coming – or at least be prepared for that moment when it turns up. I mean, it happens every month. It's not exactly a surprise!
But still, we can be caught out. What is remarkable about this story is that a guy called Dave is the one who was prepared to save the day – in a massive way. And now ladies of the internet are all falling in love with Dave.
Reddit user I_removed_something, who calls herself "Jane" for the purpose of this story, recently shared a story of her period turning up at the worst of times – when she was on a hike with three dudes.
Jane told how she goes for hikes three times a week with the same group – usually including two women. But this time, she headed out with three guys. For the purpose of the story, she's calling those guys Dave, John and Teddy.
The crew are pretty hard-core hikers, usually taking three to five hours from start to finish, after which they eat lunch together and then call an Uber to pick them up. Of course, on the day in question, they took the longest path.
Jane says everyone in the group has a role they fill. Dave is the group's "medic", carrying a first aid kit and ready to treat blisters, snake bites and heatstroke. Dave's level of preparedness is key to the wonder of this story.
"So we're hiking for hours, nothing is happening, then about twenty minutes from the end of the trail, it hits me," said Jane of her period. "I didn't feel it coming at all, and it's like four days early. I immediately slink back like 20 feet from the group and start having a panic attack."
If you're a woman, you know exactly what Jane is talking about. We've all been caught out at some point in our lives.
"I had NOTHING on me and I was wearing shorts. At least they were black, but they wouldn't hold much. I'd also 100% bleed up the Uber."
Desperate times make us think desperate thoughts, and poor Jane was thinking about removing her bra and shoving it down her shorts to help mop up the flow, when something miraculous happened.
"Dave looks back and notices me walking like a goblin," she wrote. "To my horror, he falls back and starts walking next to me. He leans in and whispers, 'Do you need to pee?'"
When Jane told him she didn't need to pee, his next guess was bang on, asking if it was a "period issue".
"And then, this guy, this f**king glorious, magnificent guy, he calls out to Jon and Teddy: 'Hey, Jane's scraped her arm on a tree or some sh*t, I'm gonna tend to it but it's gonna be like five minutes. Just get to the road and set up lunch and call the car.'"
Unconcerned, John and Teddy kept hiking, and Dave did something amazing. "Dave slides off his magical backpack and opens a pouch on the front of it. 'Pads or tampons?' he says."
Jane incredulously took in the array of options before answering. "I mutter 'tampons', completely stunned at all this. He pulls out three tampons, the good kind, and a handful of wet-naps. Hands them to me and then he opens the main compartment and pulls out a long sleeve black t-shirt. 'Go in the trees and take care of it, then tie the shirt around your waist.' He then pulls out a big band-aid and slaps it on my arm to keep up his cover story."
Amazed, Jane asked Dave why he was so prepared. "He's just like, 'I've been hiking with women for years, you think I'm stupid?'"
The internet doesn't think Dave is stupid. The internet thinks Dave is amazing.
And so does Jane.
"I think I love Dave now," she wrote. "Is it normal that I love Dave?"
Yes. Yes, it is.