Okay so I’m sitting with my daughter in a lounge and overhear the best man proudly and loudly make this toast to the other 8 including the groom, “To our wives and our mistresses – may they NEVER meet!” Laughter and the clanking of shot glass ensue.
Hmmm…my first thought was to judge him for his actions and forget his intentions, assuming they were noble in some small way. But you see I firmly believe (after spending another whiskey-soaked hour observing their boisterous camaraderie) that these misbehaving boys just wanted to be seen as players – even if just for one evening.
What is that about? Who are they kidding? A quick eye survey around their table depicts beer bellies, shriveling, neglected muscles and struggling hairlines. What happened to all the vim and vigor of the ‘glory days’ long gone? They spoke of first wives, hot girlfriends and evaluated every female that walked by. They sneered at a table of mature women as if begging them to confront their bad boy behavior. Bullies are bolder in groups and rational people tend to not want to become their targets.
Proud, that’s what they were. Proud of who they thought we thought they were. And obviously thinking that’s what women want. So why do women tolerate this behavior as acceptable? Do they hope and pray that it will disappear someday or at least not get worse?
Wake up girls! This is a character weakness or as my husbands says - a flaw. And it’s not pretty. Ladies, you are worth more than that – much more! And guys – we don’t think you are who you think we think you are – so don’t blame it on the game.