In finding my own balance and bringing safe male energies into our lives, I am finding ways to meet my needs for more male contact in a variety of ways. I am embracing the music of male musicians and the books of male authors, spending time with families with loving and interactive dads, and putting my arm through a platonic male friend's arm while watching our children climb muddy mountains together.
It has always been my role to wrestle with my children. We find inspiration in the book The Art of Roughhousing. Now I get to encourage my children in sports and getting outside more often. I find my athletic skills to be so very entertaining that I get more exercise by laughing than I do with my attempts to block shots and find the basketball hoop. Thankfully we are spending time with male friends and relatives who tend to provide a more experienced example of athletic skill. It takes a community to raise a child and I am so grateful for the many ways we connect with healthy men in our lives. I am thankful for knowing our needs and for finding safe, comfortable ways to meet those needs. What a gift! What a life!