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What The Heck Does “Manly” Mean?

What The Heck Does “Manly” Mean?

When Brother was young I gave him a plush baby doll to play with. He named it iBaby and took it to kindergarten on the day everybody brought a stuffie toy for show and tell. But even so, it was never one of his favorite toys and didn’t get that much play time at home. We resisted giving our kids toy weapons for years. When we finally did let a couple toy guns and swords into the house they immediately became favorites. That was okay because they would go outside and run around and act out fabulous adventures while breathing fresh air and getting exercise.

I like this blog post by Moderate Mama because it shares and instinct for balance, practicality, and tolerance. That is Good Parenting.

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Standing in the express line at our local Kroger store, I found myself behind an elderly gentleman holding a large, vibrant arrangement of flowers. The line was long so I decided to interrupt his internal conversation and impose upon him my curiosity.


Turning only his head and left shoulder, he quickly stated…


The quickness he used in answering my questions was the same quickness he used while turning his back to me.

Naturally… I kept right on talking.


5.68 seconds past and the gentleman turned around on his own accord in order to inform me that…


To which I replied…


Uncomfortable with my presumed, unspoken assumptions about this gift of man-flowers, he explained…


To which I replied…


Even though my thoughts had been verbalized in the form of praise, he was still insecure that his manhood had been compromised.

So he added…


All I could do was smile my smile and giggle a wee bit.

Why can’t a man be comfortable giving another man flowers?

Men obviously enjoy beautiful things, I mean they enjoy us…

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Posted by on November 4, 2016 in Parenting


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