June 13, 2012

Mom, Why Are You Crying?

From Barnone by Richard Blackstone (author's profile)


Mom, Why Are You Crying

"Why are you crying?" he asked his mom. "Because I'm a woman," she told him.
"I don't understand," he said. His mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will..."

Later the boy asked his father. "Why does Mother seem to cry for no reason?"
"All women cry for no reason," was all his dad could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
Finally he put in a call to God: when God got on the phone, the man said,
"God, why do women cry so easily?"
God said, "When I made a woman, she had to be special. I made her shoulders
strong enough to carry the weight of the world yet gentle enough to give comfort.
I gave her inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times
comes from her children.
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up and
takes care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
I have her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances,
even when her child has hurt them very badly.
This same sensitivity helps her to make a child's
boo-boo feel better and shares in their teenager's anxieties and fears.
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from
his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes
tests her strength and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly...
I gave her a tear to shed: it's hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.
It's her only weakness.
It's a tear for mankind."

BAR 2005


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