Football isn’t really my thing, not American nor European. I’d rather sit on the sidelines and enjoy a good book until the cheerleaders dance in front of me and just leave it at that. Even so, over the last weeks, I’ve been caught up in the European football frenzy to a certain extent; to be honest, it is difficult not to be caught up, since it is absolutely everywhere!
Flags flying from rooftops and along normal streets, fixed to cars, painted on children’s faces. The German flag is not normally displayed quite so prominently here, it doesn’t have quite the same value as our American flag in daily life and, as we all know, whenever the German’s come out with a little bit of flag waving and patriotism there are those who condemn them and claim that this isn’t what we fought two world wars for. Yes, I know when the second one ended and, yes, there are still people who do it even though they, and possibly their parents, weren’t even alive at the time.
This morning, on the day after the day before, most of the flags have gone. So proudly displayed right up until the last moment, the feelings of joy and sport-induced patriotism have faded and vanished from sight. I’ve seen a few flags set at half-mast, but the bulk have been removed, packed away until next time.
And now the stories of how people are going to get their revenge! Apparently someone threw spaghetti over an Italian in Berlin – whether this is true or not I cannot say – and I caught part of a conversation this morning where a young boy said his family wouldn’t be eating pizza any more.
I had to laugh over the last one: there are few if any Italian pizzas in Germany, the bulk are homemade. And in Italy itself roughly eighty percent (if not more) of all frozen pizzas sold are made by Dr Oetker, a German company, and imported. Still, if that is the ‘revenge’ people need following a simple sport event…
And some have obviously not accepted the loss yet:
this message came through today, which I shall happily translate for you.
- Vodafone: Support the German football team with Vodafone! …
- Me: You know that Germany lost yesterday, don’t you?
- Vodafone: The command ‘You know that Germany lost yesterday, don’t you?’ is not recognized…
Some things are harder to accept than others….
Love & Kisses, Viki.