You Will Spend 16 Months of Your Life Doing This... I Will Spend Much More
Written by: Jen Johnson
I'm a crier. Always have been. I remember sobbing uncontrollably at the movie Beaches when I was in junior high, but that's an obvious one. I also cried when my dad dropped me off at college, which was only an hour from home. I cried at the Christmas service at church last year because the combination of candlelight and the singing of Silent Night was so powerful. I cried so hard that I struggled to breathe when my boyfriend of four years and I broke up in my 20s.
If you ask me about my daughters, I will quickly tear up... because they're smart, and funny, and hand me stuffed animals to hold if they see me crying. My husband once heard me sobbing in the shower because I had just finished reading Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight's book Finding Me, and I felt scared and disgusted to live in a world where the life she was forced to live was even possible.
I cry EVERY SINGLE TIME I hear the National Anthem. It doesn't matter if it's a high school band at a Friday night football game or an incredible opera singer providing the prelude to a big event. I immediately think of my two brothers in the Army. I think of every time they've moved their families to another base. I think of every 120 degree day they've endured oversees. I think of every step they've missed their toddlers taking because they were selflessly serving us. I also think of my high school homecoming date. In 2010, I was shocked to read that he was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. I cry because I think of the two little girls he didn't come home to.
I cried when I quit my last job, even though I knew it was the right thing to do. A few tears fell when I was a new mom and completely overwhelmed and exhausted, and during a 2 am feeding session, my husband came in, kissed me on top of the head and said “you're an amazing mom”. I cried the night before my first daughter went off to kindergarten, as all the memories of her first five years flooded over me.
I read a story online that shows women spend an average of 16 months of their lives crying. Pretty sure I've got that beat... which makes me cry.
Jen Johnson co-hosts The Show with Jen and Truta on KC102.1 in Kansas City weekday mornings from 6-10 am. She lives in Overland Park with her husband and two daughters (ages 8 and 7). Random facts about Jen: she was an extra in the movie Derailed (with Jennifer Aniston), she lived in Alaska for a summer, she was a traffic reporter for NBC in Chicago, and she tore her ACL playing basketball in college. She’s passionate about fund-raising and participating in Walk MS (multiple sclerosis), Cure SMA’s (spinal muscular atrophy) Walk-n-Roll, and raising money for Variety KC. Twitter/Instagram @jenkc1021