My son's cold has given him a runny nose. Runny is perhaps not the best description. It's more like an open faucet that has been set to a constant and steady stream. On his own he figured out how to roll up a tissue like a small tampon and shove it up his nostril to help dam the flow. I actually considered giving him a real tampon (one that had been removed from the applicator) but I figured my husband would have had a shit fit if he saw it. I was just trying to be practical. Tampons are much more absorbent than Kleenex. This reminds me of when my son was teeny-tiny and at the age where he could only communicate in one-word sentences; one time he found the brightly colored cellophane wrapper from a tampon. He picked it up and looked at me so expectantly and said, "Candy?" I was like little dude, you couldn't BE more wrong.
That memory reminds me of this story. Back during the time of the Soviet Union, women used to make their own homemade maxi pads using loose cotton (like cotton balls, but without the ball shape) and some kind of wrapper like toilet paper. I saw this myself a few times in Russia in the early 90's. Anyway, my husband said that when he was little, he never knew why his mom kept such a large stash of cotton in their bathroom. He thought she was saving it to use as fake snow under the Christmas tree. So cute and yet what a dream-crusher to find out the intended use.