I’m sure if there is a man in your life, I don’t have to tell you that it’s football season! We schedule our entire life around football games. We don’t even think of taking a vacation that may conflict with the timing of a game or make plans for family or friend events during the timing of a game. In my world, watching a recorded game is not the same as watching it live.
If the man in your life is anything like mine, there are several ways to handle football season. First, you can join him. My husband and I are season ticket holders for his college alma mater. I realized that if I wanted to spend any time with my husband on the weekends during football season that I had to compromise and join him. For the most part, I have lots of fun tailgating with the regulars and meeting the new visitors. We come up with some elaborate feasts for our tailgates and new drinks to try to keep it interesting. The games aren’t so bad to watch either; in fact, the more you watch the more you learn and appreciate the sport. Usually the weather is pretty tolerable too. I enjoy being outdoors and curling up under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate. I also have a great supply of hot hands and feet to keep me toasty. The other perk is that I get to shop for team attire and my husband never objects to the amount of money I spend as long as it has his football team logo on it! We also spend Sunday afternoons watching his favorite NFL team play. I make us fun appetizers and we try new beers together. We have traveled to many local away games together as well. I’ve come to enjoy the mini-vacations to the cities we travel to see our team play.
If you can’t get yourself to appreciate any aspect of football, take the time to take up a hobby or interest of your own. Research shows that time apart is healthy for a marriage. Time together sharing common interests is also very important. But if you’re not a fan of football, you’ll be much happier than begrudgingly becoming a couch potato for four hours or more for something that doesn’t interest you. Allow the man in your life his football freedom time. This is a great time to go to the gym, get a mani/pedi, go to a local event like a craft show, take a class, craft, read a book, see a movie, shop, meet up with girlfriends, take a bubble bath or a nap, or spend time with your pet that doesn’t appreciate all of the shouting at the tv! There are a hundreds of options to choose your moment of happiness.
Whether you are a football fan or not, there are plenty of ways to keep everyone happy and enjoy this season! Remember that it’s ok to spend time apart when interests are not the same and it’s great to spend quality time together when you both find a way to enjoy it.
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