As a woman, I have been blessed with a wonderful little thing called estrogen. Men have it too, but women really get the mother-load when it comes to estrogen. Our bodies need it to be able to do all the things that our girl bodies do, and sometimes it can cause us to behave a little oddly. Many men have noticed this odd behavior when their lady proceeds to bawl uncontrollably while watching Folgers coffee commercials (you know the ones when the son comes home for the holidays from the war), or when she unexpectedly begins to cry while listening to Elton John’s Candle in the Wind.
These are things that are just part of being a girl, and I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. We shouldn’t feel embarrassed or have to explain ourselves for shedding a few tears. Just let it all out, ladies. And just so we’re clear on when it’s okay to cry, here is a quick list of 5 instances when you shouldn’t feel ashamed to let those tears flow.
- When browsing cards in Hallmark. When my mother’s birthday rolls around and I browse the cards in Hallmark, searching for the one to sum up exactly how I feel about her, I always bring tissues with me. I can’t help but get misty right there in the store, reading the heartfelt sentiments, blinking back tears and trying to read the words through water-filled eyes. And don’t even get me started on what the cards do to my mother. We haven’t had a birthday or Mother’s Day in the past 10 years where she hasn’t sobbed while trying to read her cards. There is a reason Hallmark cards are the best. It’s because they are the only ones written well enough to make us cry. Thanks, Hallmark.
- When reading sappy chain emails. We all get chain emails from friends or family members. Most of the time we delete them after scrolling past all of the other email addresses that show how many people before them forwarded it and we see that the content doesn’t interest us. But sometimes we get sucked in to the ones that tell life lessons in the form of the sweet old couple who never had much money but are rich because they always had each others love; or little Tommy befriending the school outcast and 20 years later getting a letter from that same kid telling him that he wants to thank Tommy for saving his life. You know the ones. Don’t be afraid to let those emails get the best of you, girls!
- When you are sick. No one likes to be sick. When you feel awful, are so tired that all you want to do is curl up in your bed and have your mama bring you some soup, it’s okay to have a good cry. Sure you may think it’s something only a big baby would do, but you can’t help it. You’re sick! Tell your man he’s just going to have to deal with it and wait on you hand and foot, just like you do for him when he’s sick.
- When you leave home. Whether it’s for college, moving into your first apartment or when you get married, leaving the comfort of your parents home is really hard. Going into the world on your own is an exciting rite of passage for every girl, but it can also be scary. Most of us can’t wait to be on our own, but when we are driving away and look back in the rear-view window at our family waving goodbye, the harsh reality hits us and we cry like a child getting their favorite toy taken from them.
- When watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I seriously don’t think I’ve sat through one episode without crying. Not one. Ty Pennington and his gang really know how to lay it on thick. Seeing the joy on families faces as they look at their new home that they would have never been able to give their children on their own moves me to tears. Even though the show doesn’t come on anymore, I still catch repeats of it during the day and always watch with my box of tissue ready.