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Donna Gets it Right ----

10-26 -02

Hormones and Happy Endings

We women and our hormones. (When I did my spell check, it said that sentence should be changed to, Our hormones and us women.) Is my spell check trying to tell me something?

Should our hormones get blamed for everything? The way we react, argue or even our reasoning, it always seems to get back to our hormones. Ladies, how many times have you had to endure the asinine comment, "Oh, it must be her time of the month." Just once, I want to lose it when someone says that. I'm going to hunch over, wring my hands and quietly say "well, as a matter of fact it is, I also broke a nail, ran my pantyhose and I just found out that my husband is having an affair with someone who is older and fatter than me, now why don't you come here so I can try out my new set of brass knuckles?"

I will concede to some behavior and mood swings during PMS. Just ask my previous and current husbands if I suffer(ed) from it. I think they'll both tell you that they are the ones that suffered. (I have to giggle as I write this. Pardon my sadistic whimsy.)

But this doesn't explain everything. Not by a long shot. Women are just are the way we are, which is to say, we are different than men. That's not a secret, but men just don't have to endure the same things as women. I'm not going to whine and complain, well, I'm going to complain a little.

The way we behave cannot be put into one all-inclusive category. I know that would make things so much easier to understand, and be a simple concept for men to grasp. Sorry, it just ain't so.

When a woman is upfront, confident, strong or opinionated, she is usually considered to be a word that rhymes with "itch". On the other hand, when a man displays the same behavior, he's considered powerful, strong, and a leader among men, an "A-Type personality".

What can we do about it? Not much. That opinion has been held for so long, I even believed it for a while. But that was before I experienced family tragedy, a mortgage, and divorce. I'm not nearly as affected by what people may think of me as I once was, especially now that I've had children. If someone doesn't like the way I do things, they're certainly entitled to their opinion. I'm just not going to lose sleep over it. I'm open to constructive criticism, and I think everyone should be, as long as it's just that, constructive.

I can't say I'm completely jaded and cynical, I have to credit my kids for that. Somehow they just don't allow it. With their constant questions and stories, I sometimes find myself drawn into their simple, unpretentious world. I just wish it were more often.

Women are moody sometimes. So are men. We all get angry over things that are insignificant. I think it's all in the way you handle it. I say, don't sweat the little things. Take care of the big things, and every once in a while, ask a child to tell you a story. Because they always have happy endings.

Until next time.....


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