Are you married to a FIFA World Cup fanatic? Is your husband a reasonable, loving person for 4 years and then turns into a deranged stranger for six weeks, all because of soccer? Well, don't fret...you are not alone. You belong to an exclusive club of FIFA World Cup Widows. We are a fortunate group that the FIFA World Cup only comes around every four years. The rest of the time they watch soccer but we can at least persuade them to take out the garbage or wash the car. But during the World Cup? Forget about it!
There are two choices for World Cup Widows; either be a part of their soccer world for a month and a half or find something else to occupy your time. Either way, you need to do some planning for the big event.
If You Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em
So you decided you want to relinquish your Widow status and see what all the fuss is about. Here are some tips to make your time with your man more enjoyable.
Do some research. Don't know the difference between a red flag and a yellow flag? Then you need to brush up on your football! It's not a difficult game to learn. A little internet research should clear up any questions you have. Also, don't forget to at least know which countries are entered and who is playing whom. Bonus points if you know some of the players names. Your man will appreciate your efforts and love you for not asking him a million questions during the match.
Don't drool. Let's face it. Football players are HOT! Those lean physiques, that flowing hair, all those tattoos...what was I saying? And we just want to swoon when they walk out before the match holding those adorable children's hands. How sensitive. But your man doesn't want to hear it. He knows his abs aren't as tight as Christiano Ronaldo. So keep those fantasies about lounging on the French Riviera with Gerard Pique to yourself.
Be responsible. Sometimes lots of football leads to lots of beer. If you and your man go to the pub to watch the match, volunteer to be the designated driver. Better yet, have him swig a quick glass of water in between his pints. He will thank you in the morning!
Enjoy yourself. If you decide to watch the soccer matches, show some enthusiasm. If you are bored then find something else to do. It's not going to be any fun for either of you if you aren't having a good time.
When Pigs Fly!
You could care less about FIFA World Cup soccer. It's as exciting to you as watching paint dry on a wall. Hooligans=Headaches. Here are some ideas to get you through the six weeks of non-stop soccer.
Hang with the girls. Surely you have girlfriends in the same situation. Now is the time to catch up. Schedule playdates with the kids, go shopping, go see a chick flick.
Take a day trip. You have been putting off seeing that museum exhibit that doesn't excite your man too much, or you want to visit an antique mall or outdoor market. If you can't find anyone to go with, go by yourself! You won't have anyone with you checking their watch or tapping their foot because they were ready to go an hour ago. Be leisurely, take your time, browse as long as you want. You might not get this chance again for another 4 years!
Go to a spa. When was the last time you scheduled some 'me' time? Can't remember? Here is your chance! Visit a spa and get a much needed massage, facial, or pedicure.
Revisit a hobby. Every one of us has a hobby that we just can't seem to find the time to keep up with. Whether it's scrapbooking, knitting, or skydiving, use this time to reconnect with it. It will revive your spirit and nourish your soul.
Whatever you decide, with a little planning you can make the most of the FIFA World Cup!