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Sharing Hobbies (Or Not)

Posted Jul 07 2011 2:00pm

Goose loves soccer.  He played it, he coaches it, and he can be heard screaming at the television many Saturday mornings while watching European League Soccer.

On our trip to Boston last summer, he headed to a pub in Cambridge to watch one of the World Cup games, and he was in Heaven.  He loves the songs, the chants, and the culture.

Me?  Well, sometimes I try.  I understand that the basic idea behind soccer is to kick the ball into the opponent’s net and that you can’t use your hands.  That is about as far as it goes.  When Goose tries to excitedly share a play-by-play of an intense game, my eyes glaze over and I’m completely lost.  In fact, at times, I’ve even said, “Sweetie, if you just want to tell me this because you want to say it, I’m happy to listen.  But please know I do not understand a word of it.”  (He usually keeps right on talking.)

When people find out that I love triathlon, I frequently get asked, “Does your husband do all that stuff too?”  No, he doesn’t.  To be fair, he understands a great deal more about triathlon than I do about soccer, but it isn’t a top priority for him to understand how to sight in open water swimming, what stretches I need to do after a long run, or how to make sure I have the proper nutrition for a long bike.  He is, however, very good at cheering for me and wearing super supportive t-shirts.

Goose and I have many things in common, but I love that we have some very different interests, too.  He has taught me about history and politics, and I actually watch several political commentary shows with him now!  I love being informed about what’s going on in our country, and I’m glad that I learned that from him.

On many recent evenings, the History Channel’s How the States Got Their Shapes has been on in my house.  It is fascinating!  We’ve been learning all about why the US map looks the way it does, and let me tell you, it’s not as simple as you might think.  Landforms, railroads, politics, and more went into making our states look the way they do today.  (We DVR the shows and watch them later, but it airs on Tuesdays at 10/9 central.)

Without Goose, I would have never thought to flip on the docu-series.

He supports the things I love, and I support his passions — even the ones I don’t understand.  Those differences give us things to talk about and help us discover new things we’ll enjoy together.

What new interests have you acquired from a friend or loved one?

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