Hello Kitty maxi pads, available in a selection of absorbencies.
Is nothing sacred?
This dang cat is everywhere in Italy, I tell you.
About the tissues -- this is a tissue culture. No matter the day, the occasion, the time of year, I know that I can always count on an Italian woman to have a pack of tissues in her bag (or often her bra out in the paese.) Evidently it begins quite young, because the six-year-old set carries them without fail as well. Not a bad habit, really. I'm trying to master it, mostly because those same women expect that I'll have them in my bag as well and will, in those few times that they are without, request one from me. What will they think upon discovering that I don't carry them, ever? Gasp!! It's like exiting the pool locker room with a wet head. Wouldn't think of it anymore! (Just call me "Follower.")