Tears cleanse and lubricate my eyes. I react to strong emotion with tears. They are composed of water, salts, antibodies and lysosomes. The composition of emotional tears are different from those produced by irritants. Emotional tears have protein-based hormones, including lucine enkephalin, a natural pain-killer, which suggests crying can make me feel better.
Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote “Tears, Idle Tears,” about the experienced tears he shed looking at happy autumn fields and recalling the past. Mary Elizabeth Frye wrote “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep.” Psalm 56:8 David declares, “You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” I’ve read that ladies of long ago collected their tears in lacrimariums for their lovers. John 11:35 declares “Jesus wept,” at the site of Lazarus.
Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote “Dont Cry for Me Argentina” for Eva Peron to sing in his musical “Evita.” Parents admonish their children, “big boys don’t cry; stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about; suck it up; dry those tears. Women tell their men,”I just need a good cry.”
Current thinking is that its ok for men to cry, even healthy. We don’t seem to be a society that disdains tears. I think it is a healthy to thing to cry. I shed tears in movies, when I’m hurt, when I’m sad, when I’m happy, for others and when I just need a good cry. I’m not ashamed of my tears. I carry one of my mom’s handkerchiefs, or tissues, so I’ll be ready for them when they happen.
When’s the last time you cried?