Global Family, Team Spirit, & the World Cup
We were sitting around the dinner table at the start of the World Cup when Billy decided it was time to impart his lifelong passion to his eldest daughter. "Vamos Argentina!" they both hollered.
He lovingly explained to her that he's been cheering for Argentina since childhood. "It's our family team," he told her.
"And the U.S." I interjected. "We cheer for the U.S., too."
"Yes," he agreed, nodding emphatically. "I'm a citizen now. We support both."
A moment passed, and then he added, "And Honduras. We gotta represent Central America!"
We all three nodded in unison. Argentina, the U.S., Honduras. Some might see us as indecisive or disloyal, but the reality is that we connect to multiple countries. So we cheer for multiple countries.
I've written before about identity work with patriotic clothes. The World Cup is similar to me. We're acknowledging and affirming our children's multicultural identities by routing for all the countries we love.
This philosophy may fly in the face of a competitive society that focuses on winning. But when you're building a multicultural framework for your kids and your family, there has be room for more than one favorite team.
And now that the Ticos (Costa Ricans) are shocking the world, we cheer for them, too. They're fellow Central Americans. We just got a lot of love to go around the globe.
Well, except Portugal... I don't think Billy will cheer for Cristiano Ronaldo. At all... Maybe if he announced he's actually Guatemalan. LOL.
Do you cheer for one team or more?