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March 29, 2017 1:44 am  #1


Lots of observations (self, BF, friend)

I've had a number of observations over the past couple of months. Here are the ones that stand out:

First of all, my BF and I got engaged a few months ago! I guess I should start calling him FI on here, although he will be my husband quite soon.

Anyway, there have been a fair number of tears around here lately, mostly because of a string of rotten luck. I've also just felt more comfortable crying around FI than I ever have around another person, and I think that prompts me to do it more easily.

So, here are some of the most memorable incidents.

1. I'll start with one about a friend. A major, unpleasant event occurred that upset FI and me, but our friend (male) was even more upset by it. We were meeting him in town, and we knew he'd be very emotional (he'd been texting us the night before that he was very broken up about everything). As we walked toward him, he referred to an inside joke of ours, and I pulled the three of us into a hug. I figured it would be a fairly quick hug, since we were on our way to a meeting, but he wasn't letting go, and he suddenly began to sob. His sobs were fairly loud, and his whole body shook. The three of us squeezed each other harder, and we stood there hugging for about two minutes while he sobbed. Both FI and I had tears in our eyes when we pulled away, and our friend removed his glasses to wipe his face, which was covered in tears. He continued to cry on and off for the next half an hour while we discussed the events, attempted to get back on track, etc.

2. Several days ago, FI and I had to confront a very emotional decision (which ended up resolving very nicely, surprisingly). A lot of things were completely out of our control, and we were both upset about it, but I was definitely more anxious and distressed than he was at the moment. We were lying in bed, discussing the options, and I began to sob. We were both lying on our backs, and he said, "Let me hold you." I rolled over onto his chest and sobbed into his shoulder. This may be the hardest I've ever cried around him - I was really quite upset. He held me tightly for about ten minutes. I was definitely doing a large lip curl, and my whole body was shaking. After I'd calmed down a bit, and we talked more, he started to sob a little bit too, and we just held each other until we managed to fall asleep. The next morning, we were both tearing up, and when he left for a couple of hours for a job, I cried on and off the entire time he was gone. When he got home, we talked again and resolved a few things. The whole situation was in our control and resolved a couple of days later, fortunately, but it was a scary weekend.

3. One of FI's family friends recently passed away. We knew she was ill and were sort of expecting to get the news, which we did one morning via email. I was working on a project across the room, and he told me he'd just gotten word that she'd died. He made reference to a bit of an inside joke of ours (we definitely use humor in somber situations quite often), but I knew he'd be upset. Not devastated, since they weren't extremely close, but still affected. I set down my things and came over to the couch to give him a hug. He was still reading the email, and his lips began to quiver. I gently took him in my arms and closed the laptop, and he curled up on my chest. He let out one breathy sob and laid there in silence for about a minute. He finally sat up, and his face was streaked with several tears. I wiped/kissed them away, and we talked about her for a few minutes. I had to leave for work then, but he definitely seemed less upset - again, he wasn't devastated by this death, so I think the opportunity to let out a couple of tears and talk about her a little bit was enough for the initial expression of grief.

We went to her funeral several days later. Of course, there were a number of people wiping away tears, but as this wasn't an unexpected death, it was more a celebration of her life than a time of intense grief. One of the eulogies, though, was particularly direct and emotional, and both FI and his sister were in tears through most of it. It normally would have moved me to tears, as I find myself personally affected by similar things since my mother's death, but I was definitely in "comforting" mode. I had my arms around FI, and he, his sister, and I were all holding hands tightly. His father was also wiping away the occasional tear. After the eulogy, I wiped away the tears on FI's right cheek, and he blew his nose with a handkerchief.

This was the first funeral we've been to together, and somehow, it felt as though the whole experience brought us closer together (even though it was for an unfortunate reason, of course).

4. This one is possibly the most interesting: FI and I have begun to explore roleplaying comforting/crying. The other night, we concocted a scenario in which we'd met at a bar after he'd broken up with a GF, and he'd come back to my place and allowed me to comfort him. It was a LOT of fun. It was a bit impromptu, since we'd just planned to discuss it and ended up actually trying it out. But he wants to try it again and explore other scenarios, which I think sounds great. His fake crying is actually quite good (he's done a bit of acting).

 

March 29, 2017 2:53 am  #2


Re: Lots of observations (self, BF, friend)

I love the one about you crying in bed. That's a great place for comfort cuddling.


"Bless me now with your fierce tears..."
 

March 29, 2017 10:53 pm  #3


Re: Lots of observations (self, BF, friend)

Congratulations on your engagement!

These obs are beautiful. I haven't seen a man sob like that in like 10 years. Thank you for sharing these.


I'm a woman and I think women are beautiful when they cry.
 

April 2, 2017 6:01 pm  #4


Re: Lots of observations (self, BF, friend)

Hugs, prayers, and congratulations on your engagement.  May God send you every good thing

 

May 8, 2017 11:01 pm  #5


Re: Lots of observations (self, BF, friend)

Crying ourselves to sleep in each other's arms in bed is something my gf and I do often. It's so intimate and comforting. We love doing it. My gf loves it when I kiss her tears away. You guys sound really awesome!

 

December 13, 2017 1:56 pm  #6


Re: Lots of observations (self, BF, friend)

I find the funeral obs interesting, it is not common to see people having their tears wiped in public, well, at least adults. I remember four similar obs in my life, on two I was just an external observer, and the other two I proactively wiped the girl's tears from her face.

This is the first time I "see" a girl wiping a guy's tears in public. I know he likes when you wipe his tears, but this being such an intimate act, was there a different response on his part or a reaction of a witness that could stand out?

 

Yesterday 1:02 am  #7


Re: Lots of observations (self, BF, friend)

Amans lacrimae wrote:

I find the funeral obs interesting, it is not common to see people having their tears wiped in public, well, at least adults. I remember four similar obs in my life, on two I was just an external observer, and the other two I proactively wiped the girl's tears from her face.

This is the first time I "see" a girl wiping a guy's tears in public. I know he likes when you wipe his tears, but this being such an intimate act, was there a different response on his part or a reaction of a witness that could stand out?

Well, we were sitting next to each other holding hands, so it was a bit different from the way it would be at home - we would be on the couch, holding each other and kissing, it would be more intimate, etc. But he wasn't embarrassed or uncomfortable, and he held my hand tightly the whole time. I don't think anyone else really noticed either the crying or the comforting. It was hard to be sure, because everyone was facing the front of the room, but while I heard some sniffles around the room, I wasn't aware of anyone in particular, so they probably couldn't really see us either.

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Yesterday 4:54 am  #8


Re: Lots of observations (self, BF, friend)

carrotcake wrote:

Amans lacrimae wrote:

Well, we were sitting next to each other holding hands, so it was a bit different from the way it would be at home - we would be on the couch, holding each other and kissing, it would be more intimate, etc. But he wasn't embarrassed or uncomfortable, and he held my hand tightly the whole time. I don't think anyone else really noticed either the crying or the comforting. It was hard to be sure, because everyone was facing the front of the room, but while I heard some sniffles around the room, I wasn't aware of anyone in particular, so they probably couldn't really see us either.

So, basically no nosy people, guess there aren't as many dachryphiliacs out there. Me and my wife teared a little in a supermarket while hugging, but as soon as we broke the hug we wiped our own tears. Guess I would be very embarrassed if I cried in public, and even more if my tears were wiped.

Which brings the next question to my mind: has this never happened the other way around, I mean, have you had anyone wipe your tears in public, if yes, mind sharing?

​I´ll start, on second thought I have wiped tears from a girl´s face six times, two of them in the same event. The last one was my wife when our cat died, we went to the vet office to pick his body and my wife burst in tears at the reception, I hugged her briefly, then wiped her tears, the receptionist witnessed 6 ft away, seems she sees this often, no reaction on her end. Another was a friend who lost her father, after the church ceremony we went down to the crypts to bring his father´s ashes to the resting destination, she was loudly sobbing and screaming, I witnessed a female friend wipe her tears for about five minutes, after that I went to give her a hug, she started crying again, I felt her tears on my cheek as she rested her cheek on mine, when we broke the hug I wiped her tear stained cheek with the back of my fingers, a male friend of mine was right next to me, I was to focused on the girl to notice his reaction.

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