Father’s Day and Futbol – Welcome to Peru!

This will be the first Father’s Day I spend in Peru.

I’m accustomed to sunny, summer days in Colorado.

This year, I trade that in for a cloudy and gray winter day in Lima. There’s a chance the sun will come out, but I won’t hold my breath.

I don’t want it to sound like I’m complaining — but I am.

Santi's Father's Day Celebration

Santiago wearing my shirt and tie! His note to me: “I love my father because he makes me laugh, he takes me camping and he protects me when I sleep.”

Seriously though, I know it’ll be a great day!

If I were a futbol fan, it would be an even better day.

With the World Cup starting this week, several fathers I’ve spoken to will spend Sunday in front of the television watching Argentina play Bosnia (and the other two games being televised).

For the next month, all things in Peru will revolve around the Cup, or so I’m told.

Productivity at work will decline, similar to March Madness in the states. Restaurants and bars will be filled with fans.

Fans of all ages

This week, Santiago’s preschool put on a show for all the fathers.

The theme for the show?

Of course…….futbol!

Santi waving

Santi waving to me in the crowd!

Each class represented a different part of the world and performed a dance with music from that area.

It was truly a good time!

The kids were so excited to see their fathers and show off their dance skills.

In between each skit, the teachers asked the fathers questions about past World Cup competitions:

  • Who won the last World Cup?
  • When was the last time Peru was in the World Cup?
  • When was the first World Cup played?

I could only sit back in awe as every father shot his hand in the air to answer the question, with the hope of winning a prize.

I was clueless.

At least I have four years to bone up on World Cup trivia for the next Father’s Day presentation at my kids’ school.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, Dad………and to all fathers out there, futbolers or not!



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