I’ve mentioned numerous times that my husband and I have a lot in common such as our faith and our values, our love of kids and our sense of humor. We also have a lot of differences . I love big cities, he loves being in the middle of nowhere. I like to write and take photos, he’d rather be creative in his workshop. While I definitely need my down time, I also love to get together with a group of friends and he’s more than happy to hang out just the two of us.
Last fall, to tie in with his love of the outdoors and his macho side, he enrolled in a hunting course with five of his closest buddies. All members of our Baptist church, no less. They all took the course, got their gun licenses and have been eagerly awaiting this year’s hunting season.
I don’t have any ethical issues with him hunting as we are a meat eating family and anything that he hunts will be served for meals. I just personally have no desire to (fire a gun, or) shoot any type of animal. I will eat it, yes, but I don’t have any desire to be a part of the blood and guts. He’s been close to giddy about the whole process and while I do not want to join him on his hunting excursions, I fully support him in his endeavors.
(Side note: A few weeks ago he was reading me a conversation from one of the hunting forums that he’s a part of. I said, "I think I now know how you feel when I read my Twitter stream to you.")
(Side note two: After spending twelve hours on both Friday and Saturday out hunting, and not even seeing any deer, he went out yesterday morning and got one within two hours of leaving our house. It is his first! deer! ever! and he’s a little bit excited. Now to find some good venison recipes…)
So, while we don’t necessarily share hobbies, we definitely encourage the other to do what we love. How does it work with you and your spouse? Do you share hobbies, or just tolerate/encourage each other?