Originally posted by Gomer
Oh, Walt, you really have to be a woman to understand. Ask you wife or daughters, I bet they would be laughing to. Scissors and a bat are pretty mild considering how many of us feel. And I don't consider myself a victim just because I occasionally would like to kill my man or eat myself to death with a ton of chocolate. Heck, sometimes I want to kill him and it's not the "time of month".
Your point is well taken. And, you're right I'll never know firsthand what it's like to actually experience a period.....physically impossible....I get it.
My wife will be 61 soon, and my daughters are ages 41, 33, 32, and 21. (I have a son who's 38 also.) Over the years I've seen many a period come and go (at least from a man's perspective). Over the years, I've given countless backrubs, fetched the heating pad, and made midnight runs down to the grocery store to pick up tampons, whatever. I've seen my daughters do their Jeckyll and Hyde routine with great regularity. I've seen how miserable they felt and I always tried to be the sympathetic, caring, dad.
But an important point made in our family and reinforced by my wife is that no matter how crummy you feel, it doesn't give you the right to indulge that "crumminess" and take it out on someone else.
She stressed that if there's an issue on some other matter then address it in the context of that issue and not use the fact that you feel rotten as a pretext to work the other issue. She always tried to bring this menstrual cycle issue to a higher level and tried to major on what was really important. She lead by example and I've always admired and honored her for that.
You know, I think my wife was pretty wise. Maybe that's why I love her so much.
Again, your point is well taken, but I stand by my earlier conviction.