Spend enough time on Facebook, and eventually you’ll get one of those memes — you know, the ones that ask you what you had for breakfast, if you still talk to your first love, and when the last time is you cried. I haven’t met to many men who actually fill those things out, but women tend to answer that last question: “an hour ago,” “yesterday,” or some other time in the very recent past.
According to TheBabyWebsite.com and 3,000 women, that’s because women spend a lot of time crying. Up to 16 months of our lives, in fact, are spent weeping, and after the age of 19, we spend a whopping 2.5 hours a week in tears.
Now, I’m not made of stone, believe me (I teared up watching the end of Kit Kitteredge yesterday), but I think that’s a gross exaggeration. Still, as women — and as mothers — we’re especially sensitive to the pain of others, and that’s cited in the Daily Mail as one of the top reasons women cry:
- sad movies
- fighting with a partner
- losing someone they love
- hearing someone’s bad news
Just out of curiosity, I polled some mom friends to find out — barring personal tragedy or anything on the above list — what’s making them tear up the most. Here’s the unofficial top 8:
- the hour before bedtime
- the hour after bedtime (when bedtime has failed)
- kids things say, as in, “You’re the best mom in the world.”
- kids things say, as in “Everyone’s looking at you because your hair looks weird.”
- those tender moments, like when a baby smiles for the first time
- those mind-blowingly frustrating moments, like when baby feeds your breakfast to the dog
- sleep deprivation (hers)
- sleep deprivation (her chid’s)
If you’re a mom, what makes you cry?
Photo: honikum, Flickr