When football season begins, my husband’s inner man fan starts to come 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, a football widow. 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 and a fumble or who couldn’t care less if their team just made the biggest play in college football history. As a wife, 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 Jason and I married, I made a promise to 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. Although I was born into a football family in a state that houses the biggest rivalry in the South, it was a subject that was completely foreign to me. At the time my interests were completely different. I would have rather done just about anything else other than watch a bunch of dudes in helmets hitting each other and running down the field with a ball. I wanted to be able to share in my husbands excitement each year. So, when J watched football, I watched it too. He didn’t mind my questions and enjoyed quizzing me on different plays. The more I watched..the more I actually began enjoying 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. I grew to love something that my husband enjoyed and started to look forward to it each year. It grew to be something we shared a common interest in.
Ladies, whether it’s football season, golf, hunting, or video games show your man that you want to know more about what his interests are. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been married, you can always learn something new about your husband and it will bring you closer together as a couple. And he will be more likely to support your hobbies such as shopping!
Years later, I don’t dread football season. I embrace it. Marriage is similar to football in many aspects. You and your husband are a team 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 the best this year, 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!
War Eagle!! XOxO,