Friday, December 21, 2012

Tough exteriors can hide superior interiors!

I have known some tough nuts in my day....yup, they act all tough on the outside.

They have to.

Many times it is what is expected of them, by either themselves or by those whom they are surrounded by.

One friend in particular that I grew up with was stereotyped in this fashion. Eventually he just acted like he thought people expected him to act. Deep down inside, he was a very nice guy... but only a few people actually knew this. I was one of the lucky ones. I knew it.

Maybe it is a guy thing... since it is usually guys that shellac on this tough exterior.

If that is the case, I am so glad I am a girl! Girls don't have to act all tough, and the tough guys can show their softer side to me. I am so lucky to see that side of so many great guys!

Tonight while out to dinner with my little seven year old friend, who is a boy, not to be confused with a boyfriend as he always clearly explains to me, I asked him for some examples of a tough exterior and a soft interior. He came up with melons, elephants and a few more great examples.

Why am I thinking about this subject tonight?

It is because I work with a group of awesome, very tough guys. Ironworkers. They have to be tough as nails to do what they do. Thank goodness they are that tough. But I get to see their sweet, kind, and generous side, too.  I get the best of both worlds.

Today I told them all that I love them all. And I do. Of course, I also admitted to being fickle, but when you are surrounded by a bunch of unique, tough, sweet guys, you can easily become fickle!

I am a Putnamaniac that loves the tough exteriors and soft interiors of her coworkers!

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