Men and Fire.
Why do men have a deep-seated belief that it requires an abundance of testosterone to tend a fire?
Do they fear a loss of masculinity if a woman tends the fire?
Are they afraid of what will happen next if women master (ha) this sooty, messy task?
Will loss of the TV remote be far behind?
Do they fear becoming redundant?
Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to man…. And, by Zeus, man is NOT going to share with woman. I mean, look what Prometheus got for his troubles!
We are in Avignon, staying at a lovely little hotel. In the restaurant is a huge fireplace, with a merrily blazing fire.
Last night, the fire burned very nicely, without anyone minding it, for about an hour. It was starting to burn down and a young women came over to tend it.
She carefully chose a log from the pile, put it on the fire, and then gently blew on the coals a few times.
The fire burst back to life with flames leaping and crackling, the coals glowing brightly.
It was a perfect fire; she had done a masterful job.
She stood in front for a minute, making certain it was burning steadily (it was) then went into the kitchen.
Not 2 seconds later, one of the young men came over, picked up the poker and made a great show of stirring it up a bit. He stared at it in triumph, then strutted off.
He almost put the fire out with his ministrations.
The young woman came out of the kitchen and just shook her head
I could almost read her thoughts: “Praise be! The world is safe once again”…..
From my own, personal, recent everyday fire-tending experience let me just say this:
I keep it burning just fine when it’s just me and the girl-dogs in the house.
I keep it burning just fine after we get back from working on our house and mon mari is up relaxing in his hot bath…..
But, the second he comes downstairs, no matter how perfect the fire is, he opens the door to the stove and gives it a little poke…
Every, single night….
On the other hand, he keeps his hands off my wooden spoons….
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