Tuesday, July 12, 2011

To Have and To Hold

Husbands are great. 

Many a man out there loves a good sport and some hearty competition. At times some husbands may get a little carried away with their love of sports.

But after hearing about a recent sporting event in Finland last week, I think we're all sittin' pretty if our husbands aren't trying to carry us away.

A bum deal: The wives are carried around a course stretching about 250 metres

Until last week I was not aware that being swept off your feet by your husband was an actual sport. But it is. Wikipedia says so:
Wife Carrying:
Estoniannaisekandmine , Finnisheukonkanto or akankantoSwedishkärringkånk) is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time.
Husbands carry their wives as they tackle obstacles including water reaching a metre deep.

The story goes that the sport originated from tales of a band of robbers in Finland in the 1800's who would steal a town's wives by carrying the wives out on their backs "Estonian style" as pictured above. 

(I don't get it. Why didn't the kidnapees just let go?)

Kudoos to the women who voluntarily do it today. Some ever wear these little speedos. 

Competitors taking part in the Wife Carrying World Championship competition in Finland

Now that is gutsy. 

Word-to-the-wise, if your husband's a competitive kind of guy do not let him know these competitions exist in the US. If you drive by my house and we're doing some funky laps in the backyard, please-- drive on.

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