Here’s the thing about tough old broads. They are down right mushy on the inside. These hard shelled old gals are as soft and sweet as a marsh mellow under that crusty exterior. Tough old broads didn’t get tough or old by taking crap. Lots of people tried giving them crap and for a while when they were very young they put up with some, but not much. And the longer they live and the more they learn the less they tolerate crap. They stand up for themselves, and they stand up for those they care for.
A tough old broad may not be able to kick your ass, but if you mistreat someone they care for they can make you wish they would just go ahead and punch you out. And there is always the possibility you’ll have to prove that you can take that old gal, and how big and bad are you really going to feel if you beat up an old lady? Better to just shut up and go away. Trust me, much better.
Once upon a time a tough old broad I know was waiting in a check out line behind a younger woman with a small child in tow. The child was unhappy and crying and the woman jerked the baby around and growled at her to “shut the fuck up”. The old broad began tapping her fingers on the shopping cart and took a deep breath. The child was crying and sat down on the floor. The woman jerked the baby by the arm and smacked her butt, telling her again to “shut the fuck up”. The old broad stepped up close to the woman and in a soft voice told her not to jerk the child around again. Yep, you guessed it. The woman told the old broad to mind her own damn business and jerked the baby up by the arm. So, the old broad asked the cashier to please call security and moved between the woman and the child and told her that she was not going to let her mistreat the child anymore. As the old broad was dialing 911 on her cell phone and reporting child abuse and requesting an officer the woman was yelling about you old bitch needs to shut up and going to be an ass kicking and how dare you, blah, blah, blah. The old broad stood calmly looking the woman in the eye for the few minutes it took security to arrive and try to calm the woman down. Soon the police came and guess what? The woman became more humble and apologetic and didn’t want any trouble and she would never hurt her baby, she just was trying to teach her how to act, blah, blah, blah. The police assured the old broad that they were contacting social services. The old broad stayed around long enough to be sure they got the name and address of the woman, then paid for her purchases. This, youngsters, is how it’s done. This is how tough old broads managed to get old and tough.
Tough old broads understand bullies. They have been bullied and figured out that bullies are generally cowards. If you pay attention you will notice that bullies prefer to pick on someone who won’t or can’t fight back. A bully might still kick your butt if you stand up to them but they will most certainly kick your butt if you don’t. So, tough old broads make a point of not taking crap and when folks figure out that they don’t take any crap, well they don’t get any.
Doesn’t sound all that soft does it? The soft part comes when a tough old broad sees someone else getting crap that they don’t deserve. Their big hearts break at abuse and injustice. These old gals love with their whole souls and defend loved ones with the courage won from a lifetime. Tough old broads are who you want watching your back.