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Rosser's Ramblings: Sick!

by Trent Rosser

Well, I have a feeling I will make a few people mad this time. I just want to talk about the differences between the sexes. I started to think about this the other day when I was starting to feel under the weather and needed to go home from work. First let me say, I do not take days off. I hate calling in sick for work. I have not called in sick for work in over 2 years. If I was sick, I would tough it out. It nearly cost me my life about 4 years ago, when I refused to go to the doctor. I ended up in the emergency room and they rushed me to I.C.U.  Second of all, I am man enough to admit…..women are tougher than us.

You see, when a man get hurts, he takes the pain….well, like a man. A man can have a 4 inch deep gash in his arm or leg and the only thing you will hear from him is, “Anyone have any duct tape?” The man will cover it with tape or a dirty old rag, and keep working. Of course it will leave a scar, which is what we are hoping for. Later on in life we will tell tall tales of the dangers we faced and earned the scar fighting off sharks in water off the gulf. Or the bear attack and we survived with the scars to prove it. It’s a lot like a passage of life, to tell the grandkids of how much worse we had it when we were kids. I’m sure everyone’s grandparents told how they had to walk to school 2 miles in the snow, uphill, both ways! Women, on the other hand, are a different story. I will give an example. When I was in my early 20’s I had to have surgery on my shoulder. When I was released from the hospital, I stayed with my father and step mother (Judy) for a few days. She is like a second mother and I love her very much. So she is in the kitchen going through the mail and I am laid up on the couch with my shoulder in blood soaked bandages in a sling and I hear her say “Ouch! Nothing hurts worse than a paper cut!” Really, I cannot move my arm without blood squirting out a hole in my shoulder! Women do not do that kind of pain very well. A small cut with just a little blood and it is off to the emergency room.

Now, how are they tougher? Easy, even when women are hurt or in pain, they keep doing what needs to be done so the world would not stop. A woman can be very sick with the flu or other ailments and what do they do? They call in sick, dust the furniture, do the laundry, sweep and mop the floors, pick up the kids from school and still cook and clean for supper. All the while, the man is staying as far away from her as possible so he will not get sick. Now when a man gets sick or an ailment, what does he do? He calls in sick; crawls back in bed and start to pray that he is not dying. All the while the wife is tending to his every need and is at his beck and call and still, dusting the furniture, doing the laundry, sweeping an moping the floors, taking care of the kids and still making supper for everyone.  Imagine if half the women in the world became sick at the same time, not many people would notice. Now imagine if half the men became sick at the same time. Everyone would notice because the women are taking up the slack, and probably be doing a better job! Men are not good at concealing that kind of pain.

So, yes, in my opinion, women are tougher than men. Women are tough. We men brag about our scars, but if you really think about it, women brag on their scars also. The children from the women are the scars that they brag on and show off in later years. They give birth to a child that can weigh up to 15 lbs. and are ready to go back to work in a few days. Men give birth to a ½ ounce kidney stone and we are ready to crawl into a grave. Now like everything, there are exceptions to the rule. Some people out there are just plain tough, men and women alike. And some people are just plain wimps *cough* *cough* and cannot take any kind of pain!

As for now, I will finish this up, my head is throbbing, throat feels like sandpaper, and some really gross stuff is coming out of my nose. I am going to crawl into bed and, start praying that I hope I am not dying and I will yell calling my wife, “SHARON!!”

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