The entire world is focused on South Africa right now. Except perhaps, the United States of America, which prefers its baseball and basketball and American football. Even Josiah, at 2 ½ years old, knows how to distinguish between a football and a ‘merican football.
Did you know that worldwide, the World Cup is bigger than the Olympics? I don’t think I would have known that if I had lived my life in the States. Well, and if I hadn’t been married to a maniac soccer…er…football fan. This morning he left for South Africa for a week. Which he’s been talking about for the last four years. I have to go, he told me. Because South Africa is so close. Yeah, close. Like Chicago is close to Los Angeles, that kind of close. But how could I disappoint him? Since he’s been talking about it for four years? The first plan was that he and about 25 of his students would take a road trip down there. But let me tell ya, taking a road trip through Zambia and Zimbabwe and Botswana isn’t exactly the same as a road trip through Utah and Kansas and Colorado. Small differences, like you don’t need three visas and an armored vehicle to get through Kansas. So you could say I was relieved when he decided to fly. Needless to say, the enthusiasm of the students (or rather, their parents) waned over the last few years and now there are only 4 students going with him. But they are very, very, very excited. So I am excited for them.
He’ll be at the Spain game on Monday and the USA game on Wednesday. So if you join the world in watching, look for him in the stands! And the rest of the time he’s there? Well, he’ll be shopping for me! Of course.
So this week I am officially a World Cup Widow. And how will I be filling my time? By potty training Josiah.
Let the games begin!