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A CRY-A-LONG: 'Laugh Lines and Other Wrinkles I Have Known'

Do you ever just need a good cry? [THINKSTOCK PHOTO]
Do you ever just need a good cry? [THINKSTOCK PHOTO]

A CRY-A-LONG

Just when I think I have heard everything, another 'you've got to be kidding' pops up.

The University of Utah recently had a Cry Closet built in their library for students who were stressed over their final exams. The closet had a black interior and stuffed animals sitting around. Only one person could go in at a time (forget the shoulder to cry on) and stay for 10 minutes. Which seems a bit short to me. Your basic good cry lasts at least 20 minutes! The article didn't mention teachers, but I hope they were allowed to use it, too. Lord knows they need it.

Imagine what an enterprising person could do with this Cry Closet idea. Putting one in a football stadium would mean so much to so many. When your team is losing and you paid $300 for a ticket, this would be the place to go and have a really good crying breakdown.

Another hot spot for a Cry Closet would be an airplane terminal. Everybody knows real men don't cry (until they do), but I can see them standing in line to use one of these Closets when they learn their plane has been canceled and there are no flights available for the next two days. A time limit would definitely be needed and security around to be sure they weren't in there punching the walls.

Actually, the city would do well to install a few around the downtown area or shopping malls. You could pay to use them by inserting coins like you used to do in the parking meters. How many times have you longed for a Cry Closet when you've locked your keys in the car or had a flat tire, opened your trunk and found a flat spare? Thousands of us lose our cars in mall parking lots every day. If you own a white one, you're sunk. Ninety percent of the women who lose their cars in lots, drive a white one, and have no clue which aisle they parked in. After searching for 20 minutes while holding an armful of packages, it would be so much nicer to step into one of these Closets instead of losing control and yelling for your car.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to have delivery service. Good customers would be mothers of the bride planning weddings. You could just set one up in the driveway like a port-a-potty, and she could pop out and use it (which I assure you would be frequently), when she felt overwhelmed. It wouldn't be an eye sore. She could hang a couple of wedding bells on it or sit a dove on top.

Peggy Gandy

Humorist Peggy Gandy, retired Oklahoman Society editor/columnist, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at everyday life. Read more ›

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