As mentioned in my last post, I went out and enjoyed the beautiful weather here yesterday. It transpired that I did not go to the beach for coffee but to the local hardware mega store and then for a drive to buy the best bagels in Melbourne. The hardware stop off was necessary to confirm that a few incidental products were in stock( required for the building works here), so I suppose it was worth missing out on an afternoon people watching and drinking coffee.The bagels were superb, as usual.
In recent years, it is becoming more apparent to me that something is happening to men. Where once they were strong, protective and decisive, it is becoming more obvious to me(and many of both my male and female friends), that these admirable traits are disappearing. Is it political correctness, emasculation or is that they have just had enough of being the strong silent types and are more willing to concede that emotionally they are more fragile that they have ever let on? Expressing emotions is a great thing and to be admired but divesting oneself of all decisions and allowing overbearing partners to rule the roost is a concern. There should be equality , respect and consensus but it is also re- assuring to know that at the end of the day, someone is there to offer the loving protection of a big hug. I have always got on well with men, probably because I come from a large extended family which is primarily male and I have 5 brothers, so this obvious turn around in attitude stands out like a beacon. I hope the day will never come when women strip men of their glorious masculinity:)