Whenever I think of men who make me feel safe, Steve is always the first to come to mind. He runs a construction business and is massively tall, so by all rights he ought to be intimidating and hyper-masculine. Instead, he absolutely radiates gentleness.
I had the pleasure of co-teaching junior high Sunday School with Steve, and I was constantly impressed by how respectful he was of me, a woman half his age. He was always complimentary of my lessons, and he went out of his way to make sure I felt happy with the way we divided our work.
I also got to see his love for middle schoolers, arguably the most trying age group of any. Steve chose to work with this group for years and years, not out of obligation but out of genuine love. He brought tools and live-demonstations into class to illustrate a point, and he somehow managed to convey the fact that he would both teach you how to use a soldering gun AND listen to you complain about your math teacher at the same time.
Steve smiles often and laughs easily. He is one of the nicest people to be around, and he is definitely a man who is #morethan a gender stereotype.