“The practice of putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered that they could give orders better from there” ~Betty Grable
It’s Monday and today’s topic from Stasha over at Northwest Mommy was too good to pass up. In honor of International Woman’s Day last week and the fact that I am a woman, I couldn’t resist. So based on that, I am expert on this topic and will tell you 10 reasons why I love being a woman and why I love other women! It’s not just so I can give orders…(yes, babe, that is true, there are other reasons:))
10. There is an actual phrase that says, “I am woman hear me roar.” – I mean how great is that? It totally makes me want to roar. RAWWWRRRR. Ahhh I feel so much lighter! 😉
9. I tend to believe that women are better listeners than men and therefore we learn lots of interesting things about people, like past jobs, family situations, the real color of someone’s hair, and pretty much every detail of any story that’s being relayed.
8. Woman are excellent multi-taskers. If you have never seen this joke about what happens when a woman goes to bed vs. a man, I think this is pretty spot on:
Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed.”
She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches, rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning. She then put some wet clothes into the dryer, put a load of clothes into the wash, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the newspapers strewn on the floor, picked up the game pieces left on the table and put the telephone book back into the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.
She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom.
She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a textbook out from hiding under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the
grocery store. She put both near her purse. Mom then creamed her face, put on moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and trimmed her nails.
Hubby called, “I thought you were going to bed.” “I’m on my way, “she said.
She put some water into the dog’s dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out a bedside lamp, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks in the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework.
In her own room, she set the alarm, laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her list of things to do for tomorrow.
About that time, the hubby turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular “I’m going to bed,” and he did.
7. We get to do fabulous things like change our look through changing our hair color, cut, makeup, clothing, style, and pretty much everything. On any given day, you can channel a completely different version of you through something as simple as a change of shoes. I consider the daily (almost) transformation from sweat pants to some sort structured outfit a massive success.
6. We have the opportunity for unique and very deep friendships with other women. The kind where they take a piece of your heart. Based on one of my other favorite “lady” things, nurturing, and the aforementioned listening capabilities the feeling of love and support you can truly feel from these female friendships is indescribable. If you have it you know it, and I am so blessed to have some very amazing girlfriends!
5. We can handle more stress and possess more strength down deep than any person from the outside could ever know. We may not even know it until we are tested and presented with situations in our lives that demand more than you ever thought you could possibly give. For some this starts at a VERY young age through their environment, while others may not come to understand this until experiences later in life. Either way, when it happens and even though we may feel fragile, women have an incredible ability to transcend their experience in their strength and coping often surprising ourselves and others. Mad respect to all women who have been, or are going through challenging circumstances (not an exhaustive list as there are so many challenges out there): Abuse, addiction, children of addicts, eating disorders, violence, post partum, depression, sickness of a loved one, death of anyone you love, miscarriage,not being able to have a child, loss of a child, IVF, giving a child up for adoption or making the decision to adopt, pre-term birth, special needs mamas and mothers dealing with terminally ill children. You never know who, even in your darkest of hours, you are inspiring or have inspired around you. To know we aren’t alone can be a massive anchor for us and others around us.
4. We can use what we got for what we might need. You know EXACTLY what I mean;)
3. We get to have loving relationships with our partners and spouses.And share sentiments like this with them if needed:
2. We are nurturing by nature. Of course that doesn’t apply to everyone, but for the most part many women in my life are nurturing. Both intuitive and nurturing, a perfect combination. The ability to comfort, support, love, give and take care of others and receive the same gifts from other women sometimes without even needing to ask. You just know and you just give.
1. We get to have minis! You didn’t really believe I wouldn’t include being able to me a mama? Or if you know me well by now, you may have assumed it would be in the number one slot. To have a child by whatever means is an amazing feeling and gift if it’s what you want. It’s obviously not so simple for everyone, but for me I am in love with my babies. I worked hard to get them here and we continue to work hard for everything we face, but all the challenges come very very very far behind a look, a touch, a giggle, a smile, a grunt, a laugh, a mamaaaa. For all of this, I would move mountains and face anything.
So fun to think about why I love being a woman and why I love all you ladies! Of course we love you men too but today we are celebrating women. So call, text, email, hug, kiss, send a card or skywrite to a woman you love, admire, adore, or care for. Tell her she is special and make today hers and ‘yournewfavoriteday.’
(Featured image by Egor Rogalev via Pinterest)
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