The Great Sport Divide
Forget the Great Dividing Range.
In my family, there is the great sporting divide.
On one side of it, sits my husband. He is not a sporty man by any means and really does not enjoy playing or watching much sport. Never has, never will. I count it a great success that I ever got him to watch one of my team’s tennis finals. I suspect he sat through 5 hours of boredom in the sun in the hope of getting lucky…
I, predictably, sit on the other side. I love watching sport and used to love playing it too. Before I became lazy and busy with the kids and utterly demotivated.
We are the opposite of the sterotypical family, you know the one, where the husband is depicted sitting on the lounge, flicking between cricket and league and AFL and motor racing, while the wife is bored witless?
In this house, I’m the one who looks forward to State of Origin, who watches tennis non-stop each summer and who enjoys a bit of cricket on the side.
I’m the one who will join in with sporting conversations at BBQs and who will have an opinion on the form of my beloved Wests Tigers.
But it’s quite inconvenient to be married to someone who doesn’t like sport the way you do.
While my husband doesn’t mind watching a bit of tennis from time to time, he is not a league man and absolutely loathes cricket. So over time, my viewing habits have changed to the point where I have only watched a couple of games of league this year and have buckley’s chance of ever watching cricket.
I don’t mind that so much as I would much rather spend some quality time with him than being banished to another room to watch sport. But there are times that I do miss the old days, where I watched the league double header every Friday night (I even got to the odd game as well!) and spent hot summer days enjoying one-dayers with the air con cranked to the max.
So I am savouring my viewing right now – I am currently watching the third State of Origin with a chaser of Wimbledon to come a little later. Yes, my husband is out for the evening, for our mutual benefit!
And I cannot wait until the Olympic Games start in less than a month’s time – squee!
So how are you and your partner placed on the great sport divide?
Linking up with Kate Says Stuff for Thankful Thursday as I am ever so thankful for my much needed sporting fix!
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