"I have divided my working life between construction and teaching primary grade's. I'm sure at times when I was hauling 2x8s up a ladder to frame a building I gave this some thought but I honestly have found my best, most manly self when some kindy or 1st grade boy student — likely missing their divorced or otherwise absent father — snuggles against me at story time and lays their little hand on my hairy arm. Recently another kindergarten teacher came into the class I was subbing in and told me her whole class was jealous because my class had a 'boy teacher.' Boiled down, are you man enough to show a child about manhood? If so, you are doing alright."
Wrote Mark Schlemmer or Portland, Oregon in the comments section at the NYT for the Frank Bruni column — "Manhood in the Age of Trump" — that I blogged 2 posts down.
I liked this comment and hope you see what's good about it. I anticipate that some of you are about to say terribly cynical things about men who go into the profession of teaching young children, and I hope you are man enough — or woman enough — to find better things to say.