By Shwetha Kalyanasundaram
It is becoming increasingly ostensible that you seem to be laboring under the delusion that you are entitled to special manly treatment. We allow you to think you’re the boss because it suits us, but the consequences of your behavior, especially during cricket matches do need to be addressed.
So here’s getting certain things straight…
1. Cricket for women isn’t unfathomable, ubiquitous, and completely pointless, which may be the case for a man trying to knit!
Conversation with women is like a sporting competition, you either win or lose, not both. Mind you, we never make it easy for you all. Looks like you realize how tough it is to talk to us and use cricket as an excuse to save yourselves from the shame that may befall on you.
2. A remote in your hand all the time? Maybe it is like a security blanket or something to do with being “in control”, that’s probably the only time you are in control fella!
3. “Do not get distracted” should be your bible! We would dress and do as we please. If the game interests you more, keep your eyes glued onto the idiot box only!
4. Neglect us at your own peril. Pretending you are blind, deaf and mute during a game is not considered acceptable behavior and will result in a stream of unrelated-to-cricket conversation that will require your due participation.
5. Don’t blame us for making faces at your bunch of friends. Their faces must remind us of several comic characters that we can’t help a laugh escape our throat. For your sake, we stifle it! Let me just remind you that your friends come over to watch a game because their own partners/wives/significant others must have put their foot down about watching it at their house. And you thought ‘twas your company that they enjoy…sigh!
6. Please, if we see you are distressed because your team is losing and we say “get over it, it’s only a game” or “they might win next time” that is because it IS only a game and can in no way be considered as important as going to see a new movie. Besides, at least we are showing interest.
7. If we decide that watching a game with you can be construed as “couple bonding time”, you will accept this with gratitude. This is the price you are obliged to pay for our showing what supportive partners we can be by showing such gracious tolerance of the things that interest you.
8. Match replays are always there for you to catch up with the “lost” game!
9. You think we’d be happy having you around all the time?!? Spare us; we definitely want our “me” time – time away from your constant bickering!
10. Same as above! We’ll be glad to have you out of our way!
11. We don’t mind having cricket tournaments all through the year. Saves us the trouble of heaving you to the malls to indulge in one of our favorite pastime. Worried we’ll be alone?!? Naah…we are taking along (y) our li’l plastic friend – CREDIT CARD!!!
George Bernard Shaw referred to cricket as a game played by 22 flannelled fools and watched by 22,000 bigger fools. Looks like we know who the bigger fools are (chuckle). Your loss (that is, money) is our gain (read goodies)!!!
Ciao couch potatoes!!!
- 11 Rules For Women During Cricket (missionsharingknowledge.wordpress.com)