I know I’ve said this before, but men and women are different (well, duh!). There are some things that men do that women just will not do. Conversely, there are things that women do that men just will not do. This isn’t to say that one sex is better than the other; it’s just that on some levels we are vastly different.
I have had this conversation with the Crankee Yankee in a grocery store too many times to mention:
ME: “Seriously? You’re going to scratch yourself NOW? In front of everyone?”
HIM: “So what? I itch and I’m going to scratch. What do I care what other people think?”
ME: walking away and pretending I don’t know him.
You see, men have a different value system than women–or at least the ones I know. Regarding scratching in public for example, they are just NOT going to put up with feeling uncomfortable for one single second. Honestly, they are like children. They can’t wait to get to a more appropriate place to scratch, adjust, etc. They are uncomfortable, and they are by God not going to stand for it.
We women would rather suffer in silence than scratch, pick, pull, unsnag anything in the south 40. We will simply find the nearest restroom and take care of things in there.
Then there is the subject of picking one’s teeth in a restaurant. Men will use a folded matchbook cover, the fancy toothpick from the steak he just ate, a fork or fingernail to dig some remnant of dinner out of their teeth–of course along with the requisite sucking sounds. And yes, you can also expect unabashed burps and the odd fart now and then.
(See now, this alone is the reason why many of us women carry large handbags. It is because we carry dental floss, toothpicks, bandaids, Kleenex, rubber bands, breath mints, cortizone cream, aspirin, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, hand lotion, an orange stick and a nail file, a comb, a brush, a hand mirror, lip gloss, tweezers, antacids, hair gel, and various other bits and bobs we know that someone will need.)
As for the Crankee Yankee and I, we are lucky that, for the most part, we can come to agreement on just about anything (except for that scratching thing). Both of us were born into families where opinions were freely shared. When there was an issue to solve, it didn’t matter whether the man or woman came up with it. What mattered was the best solution.
Outside of that, there are always going to be those things that are pretty generic to men and women. Men really don’t care which celebrity is cheating on their spouse or what color the living room walls are. Women really don’t care whether a socket wrench or a hammer fixes the loose pipe under the sink; just so long as the problem is solved.
There is a legend that, when man first appeared on the Earth, that men and women were one entity. They were born joined together as one body, and were completely happy; happy because they were one and there was no arguing, no disagreements, no fighting; just harmony. But when man and woman became two separate entities, that’s when the trouble started.
That being said, I guess that men and women are just going to have to live with things the way they are. In any good partnership, there has to be some give and take. For me, there will always be the chorus of “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen” playing in my head. There are some things you have to let go of if you love someone…..and I do.