The State of Origin really IS about the state of origin in our family. Both my husband and I are from Queensland and of course go for The Maroons — all the way. However, we did live in New South Wales for 5 years and our two eldest children were born there. I thought, naturally, the children would barrack for Queensland; through their heritage, they could be ‘saved’ from being cockroaches New South Welshman.
When my eldest daughter (Flossie) was four, she decided to cheer for New South Wales (The Blues) because she was born there and her little sister (Scottie) followed suit. Since then, they have always supported the dark sideThe Blues. Our youngest two children (Cossie and Son) were born in Queensland and thus, are Maroon supporters. So yes, our family is split.
You know what? It makes me happy that my children are strong and feel free to be who they are. We are a team, but we are also individuals. This is something I’ve strived for in our family: the freedom to be yourself and know you are loved. Flossie (now 8) said to me, “I know some people might tease me, but I don’t care, I’m sticking to it; I want to support The Blues.” And I say, “Good on you babe. Good for you.”
Being a house divided — has never been so much fun.