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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Age of The Sensitive Man

Splashing in the deep end of the adult water fitness class, I couldn't help but notice a man sitting on the side of the pool holding his infant daughter. She was wearing a pink one piece swim suit and a white floppy hat. I doubted that she was even able to walk yet. Her cherub like legs hung down over the edge of the pool and her tiny toes barely touched the surface of the water. The contrast of the man in his prime with guns that rivaled Mr. Florida holding that tiny human was inspiring. 

One of the men in my class introduced us to his grandson.  He’s a handsome young man around fifteen.  My British swim mate commented that he was dishy.   He was- dishy but, what was even better was the fact that a fifteen year old would partake in a water fitness class with his seventy-something Granddad.  As touching as the man with his baby girl sitting by the side of the pool, the grandson and grandfather partnering during water exercises was equally as precious.  It’s not something you see every day. 
Which got me thinking-Are Men's roles changing? It seems they are.  More and more Dads are staying home to care for smaller children, working from home, working less hours, taking more vacation and connecting to what’s really important.  Even with all the constant media hounding them to swim with the sharks, run with the big dogs,  and to buy bigger better, and faster they’re not- at least not all of them. They seem to have come into their own as men and have embraced their ability- their nature to nurture.  It’s a beautiful thing.    There has been a shift to the Age Of The Sensitive Man.  


2 comments:

Karen Robiscoe said...

Really well written. The intro just kind of sucked me in, and the point is arguable, as well. :)

Karen Robiscoe said...

Really well written. The intro just kind of sucked me in, and the point is arguable, as well. :)

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