There is something confronting about seeing grown men cry. Watching James Packer break down on Channel Seven’s ‘Sunday Night’ program made me feel a little awkward. I wish it didn’t feel odd to see men cry, but it does. I can count the amount of times on one hand that I’ve seen my boyfriend of eight years shed a tear. Its not that he isn’t emotional, he just doesn’t cry often. Unlike me who cries during WorkSafe commercials.
I remember seeing my Dad cry for the first time when I was about five. My parents had just broken up and he’d popped over to visit my older sister and I. It must have been the first time he had to say goodbye, knowing that we were never going to all live in the same house again. I remember feeling so unbelievably sad seeing my Dad upset. He was always so strong and in control. As far as I knew, Dads never cried. I desperately wanted his tears to stop, but didn’t know what to do. I started doing the only thing that felt right…and cried too. Since that day I have seen him cry a fair bit. He is quite an emotional man now and the older he gets the more his eyes well up and tend to over flow. But it still feels uncomfortable.
I LOVE a good water works session. There’s nothing better than going into the ugly cry and letting it all out. Most of the women in my life are good at letting the tears flow too. And when they do…I embrace it. It’s just men crying that makes me squirm.
Sitting on my couch tonight watching Mr Packer wipe his tears away (while talking about Tom Cruise mind you!) I wanted to look away. I stopped myself though. Am I going to be the kind of mum who tells my son “big boys don’t cry”, Or am I going to embrace his emotions and let him sook his little heart out?
Who would have thought James Packers bromance with Tom Cruise would lead to so much pondering.
Would you like to see men cry more often?