TEARS WITHOUT FEARS
In “Men Don’t Cry. Why?” Sandra Newman writes that boys learn early on not to show emotions. It is obvious to me that she has never attended a military funeral. She has never seen a fireman carrying the burned body of a child. She has never encountered a policeman carrying a battered child into the emergency room. She has never seen a man looking at his home being destroyed by a wildfire. Men—real men— do cry.
WILLIAM METZLER, Grove City, Ohio
Newman’s message was that it’s all right for men to cry. I then read “The Dog Who Saved Our Family.” It turned out to have been very appropriate to have read the article about crying first. MICHAEL FOSTER, Rockville, Virginia