Loyalty

Thoughts on loyalty….

I came to this realization not too long ago that helped me put relationships into perspective. This may or may not pertain to me, personally, but it’s something to think about. Think about the state of sports fans. Men I know who are die-hard fans of teams who’s players don’t even know them personally. But these men will not miss a game, rain or shine.. Or funeral. They wouldn’t miss one game. If someone (friend, acquaintance, family member)  talked negatively about their team these men are quick to respond.. Even fighting words, curse words.. They defend their team to the end.. That team could be the losing team. They’ll let you down game after game. Loss after loss. No matter what flaws that team has, these fans have so much faith in their team. In the next season, so much loyalty to a team who knows not even his name.

But when you think about this same fan, and look at his family.. Would he defend his wife as quickly as he does his team? With the same emphasis as he does for his team?  Get up and go, at a moments notice for his wife? When she fails or is lacking would he stay loyal as much as he does for his team? Would he embrace her background and honor her beliefs as much as he proudly displays his team colors and logos? Just thoughts…

This can go both ways. Loyalty is not complicated. But I believe it affects Love. I believe loyalty is the most important aspect of love. Others may have different values. But these are my thoughts..

Holidays and the Sports Fanatic’s Wife

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I am a Sports Fanatic’s wife.  No, he doesn’t paint his face and scream at opponents’ fans as they pass us in the stands.  But he wakes up and goes to sleep to the lullaby horns of Sports Center on ESPN.  One day, he frantically looked through the house for a “Let’s Go Bucs” light that flashes like a stop-light because “WE need it so the Bucs will win.”  Most recently, I watched the start of a game in which I left to run errands as they were leading 10-0 and upon my return they were down by two touchdowns… as soon as I sat down they made a touchdown and my husband would not let me leave the couch until the last second of the game because “the Bucs played better when I was watching them.”   They did end up winning that game, by the way 😉

Now, I’m not one to complain.  I enjoy watching the games myself.  Having a teenage football player of my own, I am known to yell and jump a little when the games get interesting.

Another thing about this guy is that he needs a little nudge to get into the holiday spirit.

So this, my friends, is how I got my husband to pose with me and Santa for one Christmas picture:

Our Picture With Santa

Our Picture With Santa

Notice, Santa must be a Bucs fan too.

We also have a tradition in which we each put up one ornament every day from the day after Thanksgiving until the tree is fully decorated… hubby’s first ornament, can you see it?  You may have to squint…

Our Tree 2012

The good thing is that while football is an integral part of our family-life, we have learned to incorporate it into the holidays, which I SO love!

Now, excuse me as I see him turn on the “let’s go Bucs” light and I am now needed to watch this game so they can win.

On a side-note: GO SEAHAWKS!!!!! They just won in over-time, they are my home team, after all. 🙂