When football season begins, my husbands inner man-fan comes out! There’s a whole lot of jumping, shouting, celebrating, and sulking that goes along with being married to a hardcore football fanatic. When we were first married, I refused to be one of those women..you know, the football widows. The wives who lose their husbands for several months out of the year and when January or February rolls around you’re like, “Oh, hey! Where have you been hiding?” I didn’t want to be the one who didn’t know the difference between a punt or a fumble. Or the one who couldn’t care less if their team just made the biggest play in college football history. I couldn’t accept the idea that my husband could enjoy something so intensely and me not share in one of his life passions. So, when J and I married, I made a secret pact with myself that I would learn absolutely everything I could about this sport that my husband so deeply enjoyed.
When we were younger, I didn’t know the first thing about sports. It was a subject that was completely foreign to me although I was born into a football family in a state that houses the biggest rivalry in the South. I would have rather done just about anything else other than watch a bunch of burly men hitting each other in the heads and running down the field with a ball. Still, I wanted to be able to share in my husbands excitement each year. So, when J watched football, I watched it too. And the more I watched..the more I came to enjoy it! It became fun for me. I began learning all the teams, their mascots, and their best players. I could even tell you who kicked a field goal or scored a touchdown while tuned in to a game.
Years later, I don’t dread football season. I embrace it as a season that brings my husband and I closer together as a couple. Marriage is similar to football in many aspects. You and your husband are a team hand picked by the Greatest Coach in history! Marriage takes a ton of hustle and determination but if you remain focused on winning with your spouse the fruits of yours efforts will pay off greatly.
Our team isn’t doing to hot this season. In fact, we’ve lost nearly as many games as we’ve won. But win or lose, I’ll be cheering at each game with my man by my side. I vowed to love him during all seasons of life and around here that includes football season!
Ladies: whether it’s football, hunting, boxing or whatever it is your guy is “in to” I encourage you to learn what it is they enjoy!