Good Evening, God
My day got off to a delightful start when my loving husband brought me not just coffee in bed but an article printed from NPR’s website — Why Men Die Younger Than Women: The ‘Guys are Fragile’ Thesis.
Needless to say, God, I had my own ideas on why men die younger: “You guys don’t have real friends! You don’t talk to other guys about how you feel — about your sorrows and fears. You have no Social Support Group! Of course you die younger!”
Kit didn’t really argue.
But as the day has gone on I’ve had two more ideas. One was from a man who pointed out that women are designed to have babies and therefore have to be built a bit sturdier. I like that!
The third idea is one I came across years ago. It’s about the evolutionary advantage of having women live longer. The first woman to live past child-bearing years became The First Grandmother! Scientific studies have verified that having a grandmother increases a child’s chances of surviving . . . and thriving. So women who lived longer had more surviving grandchildren and maybe great-grandchildren — and passed on their good genes more successfully.
Alas, having a grandfather doesn’t seem to make a statistically significant difference in a child’s well being. Hmm.
Thankfully, God, I’m pretty sure Kit isn’t fragile. And I am praying that he will keep on running marathons, and keep on taking good care of me, and his daughters and his grandsons, for many more years. Thank You!