It’s a hard thing raising girls. Not only is there the constant worry, especially when boys become relevant in their lives, but there is also the emotions that seem to run much deeper through the female species.
After raising girls for nearly 25 years, you’d think I’d know how to handle most, if not all the emotionalness that girls bring to the table. It’s just simply the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to deal with and I’m failing miserably.
Emotions are a part of every day life for pretty much everyone. Sociopaths excluded. I can handle the attitudes, snarky teenage remarks, and the feuds that the two still living at home are able to organize on short notice. It’s the crying and crying for no reason that leaves me as dumbfounded as a one-legged man in a treadmill factory.
When crying erupts because a toe was stubbed, I can handle that. Crying because you’re extremely sick or have lost a loved one, no problem. But getting emotional pretty much just to be emotional makes me feel weirded out.
There are times when one of the female residents of this house is just having a rough day and the dam bursts, which, in turn sets off all the other nearby dams into a torrent of salt soaked tears and emotions. I never know what to do or say when this happens.
Seriously, I literally sit or stand there in complete silence. And, when I do speak, it’s always with the words, “what do you want me to say?” Because I have no idea what to say or do.
Often, I’ve thought of just running out the door, down the block and keep running like Forrest Gump. Stopping only when I collapse in complete exhaustion and am near death.
Girls and women, at least in my limited experience raising 3 and being married to one, cry for no reason at all. A lot! My youngest who turned ten this year will cry if she drops her chicken nuggets on the floor.
There are times when I feel the crying is ridiculously unnecessary and will attempt to put a stop to it. Usually that ends in more crying by multiple participants and I’m left wondering why I even bothered to say anything. Karma, you bit(#!