Quite some time ago the comic writer Dave Barry wrote an article about men’s emotions. I paraphrase, but one passage in it went something like this:
Women, I hear, often talk about how difficult it is for their husbands or boyfriends to express their deeply felt emotions. They mention experiences when they’ve tried to express their own deeply felt emotions to their husbands, who listen carefully, then change the subject to something having to do with football or some project they want to work on in the backyard. This leaves the woman feeling sorry for the man, because he finds it impossible to express his deeply felt emotions.
Well, here’s the truth, ladies. Men HAVE no deeply felt emotions. Our minds are very simple things that are unable to grasp the nuances of complex human relationships. Our minds work in a much more straightforward way; they’re good at figuring out how much gravel we need to cover a driveway, and not much else.
So, when you sit down with your husband and start expressing your deeply felt emotions, and he appears to listen to you carefully…..well, his mind has already moved on to who will be quarterbacking his favorite NFL team that year, and he’s hoping that you won’t prattle on too much longer, because he has things to do out in the garage, and isn’t all this emotional stuff what your girlfriends are for, anyway?
It was a pretty funny article, as I recall. And like most of Barry’s stuff, loaded with elements of truth.