Recently, my husband told me of an attempted break-in at a co-worker’s home. The co-worker’s wife was up early, way before dawn, when she heard a curious scratching sound. She went to investigate and discovered someone trying to break into the house. Fortunately, she managed to scare them away (there were actually two people involved), but hubby and I wondered at the possibility of that happening in a neighborhood close to ours.
In the ensuing discussion, my husband voiced his concern over someone getting into our detached garage and stealing his bikes or his tools. I, on the other hand, was more concerned about someone getting into the house and attacking me.
So, now I’m wondering if our different thought patterns are the result of gender differences. I’d gladly give a burglar anything he wanted as long as he left me alone. Is that because as a woman, I feel more vulnerable to assault? Or does my nurturing nature more value on human life than on possessions? Was my husband thinking like a man–protecting the things he’s spent his life earning and acquiring? Was he less concerned about a physical attack because he’d have a better chance of defending himself?
Or was it simply a personal difference? Fear is something I struggle with, while Hubby assumes my safety and simply values what he’s worked hard to attain.
What do you think?
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