Saw this on Facebook today and thought it also needed posting
For the Man Who ... ...
For the man who still leads from the front even although he’s lost inside.
For the man who was fired for his fourth late because he has been awake for a straight week with a sick child.
For the man who makes an "extra stop" after work every evening, to get something to make his woman smile.
For the man who is mourning the loss of a pregnancy that nobody else knew about.
For the single dad who doesn't know how the utilities are going to stay on this month.
For the man who has gone through 2 IVF's and has tried for five years without success but still is happy for his friends whose women throw baby showers.
For the man who still hasn't forgiven himself for the abortion for the abortion of his child 20 years ago.
For the man who has a line of judging eyes on him and his children as he counts out coins or has to put something back at the supermarket.
For the man who opens the door to the news of his wife being killed overseas three weeks before she was to return home.
For the man who lives with a quiet anxiety because nobody understands what he could possibly be stressed about.
For the man who gives to his family all day, everyday even when he’s not with them.
For the man who smiles at strangers all day in public, but weeps silently every night.
For the man who has wanted to end it all but found strength to carry on.
For the man who hears the rumours about himself, but chooses not to retaliate.
For the man sleeping next to a stranger every night.
For the man whose genetics will never allow him to look like the ones in the magazines.
For the man that endures one broken relationship after another because there was no mother around to teach him what love looks like.
For the man raising a motherless son and praying that history doesn't repeat itself.
For the man who loves with all his heart who is desperate to be loved in return.
For every man who cries in the shower so that nobody else can see, because if he isn’t strong, nobody is.
Just because the water washes your tears doesn't mean that you don't cry. Just because you cry doesn’t mean that you’re not strong enough to handle it.
Stay strong, be happy, be loving and love life.
(Edits and editions by Brenda Gunning)