Being a girl is a beautiful, mysterious journey that has yet to stop surprising me. We are all so different, and yet I’m learning that we have so much in common. These are the things that bind us together, girls, the conversations that unify us. You’ve been there. That moment when you are with another lady and you pull up Pinterest on your phone to share an idea of a beautiful decoration or you are sharing in *great* detail the pursuit and apprehension of that elusive pair of shoes. The ladies you are talking to will
have that twinkle of delight and eager interest flash in their eyes- land’s sakes, they might even cry a little. But speak the same words to a member of the opposite sex and his eyes will most likely gloss over as if you have just said nothing of earthshaking importance.
Along with the enjoyable things that bind us, there are the difficulties of being a female that we girls can relate to. These things seem impossible for those humans carrying around that Y chromosome to understand! These things can range from regular hormonal effects to those pesky glass ceilings that make us ladies feel stunted.
One of the most difficult things I find about being a woman is overcoming the stereotypes that go with the territory. I happen to enjoy being a bit of a repair-woman, and thanks to the genes passed down to me from my dad happen to be a fairly good one. I have repaired things as simple as toilet flappers to the more complicated garbage disposals and even replaced the heating elements in my dryer! I used to think that I was alone as a female in this interest but have recently discovered many other women- especially many of the pastor’s wives whom I’ve met- share this skill. So I am not alone. Still it never fails that after I uncover the problem and head off to the hardware store, I will encounter a sales associate of the male composite who will smirk at his coworker and try to direct me to another part all the while strongly insisting that the one I came in for is not the one required for the repair. Just for the record, so far the part I have come in for has always been the one I needed.
Now, I’m not mad or hormonal (at the moment), but this stereotypical response has frustrated me to no end. I guess for now, I will just have to smile and nod…or maybe better yet I’ll order the parts online as “Heath” Teis.
“And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti…” Esther 2:4
At Southern Hills Baptist Church, starting this Friday, we will begin the study of the book of Esther. The tagline for this study is “It’s Tough being a Woman.” Ladies, I hope whether you can be here in person or just join us via the “Southern Hills Ladies” Facebook group that this study will be a blessing to you and will increase your faith as a woman of God.
Ladies, What about you: What is the most difficult thing about being a woman?
(MEN, while you may feel free to leave a general comment, for your health and personal safety this author recommends that you do not leave a comment on the specific topic of “Why it is tough being a woman”.) 🙂