I thank you.
To the man who changed my tire in the Target parking lot, and refused to take money for doing it.
To the many tall men who happily take items from the top shelves this short woman can’t reach.
To the many men who open the door for me, and do it with a smile.
To the young photography teacher who gave me a helping hand as I struggled to crawl up a river bank, and carried my camera and tripod at the same time.
To all men who adopt their wife’s children, and love, provide and protect them as their own.
To all men who teach their sons and daughters how to be just as strong, wise, and protective of others as they are.
To the many men who have saved strangers from being abducted or otherwise harmed from criminals, and never considered the danger they put themselves in for doing so.
To all men who put their lives on the line for their fellow citizens such as the military, law enforcement, and other first responders.
*Disclaimer: I do not intend to minimize or ignore the women who do all of the above. Not at all, because they also deserve our thanks. With all the nasty accusations against all men based on the bad behavior of a few, however, I believe men deserve their own moment, and to show just how much many, many of us love and appreciate men for what they do, and who they are.
So once again, Men, I thank you.
I know I missed many other wonderful things men do, whether asked for or not. So by all means add them here, or post them elsewhere.