My sister Amy called me last week and mentioned she had given up wine for Lent. We’re Baptists and I don’t remember practicing the act of doing without something for the forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. But I think it’s a great idea. Her children go to a Catholic school and she joined the other HAMs (Holy Angels Mothers) in an act of solidarity.
I have given up something for Lent the past two years. Last year it was tea (and I drink A LOT of it) and the year before it was chocolate. Ever try eating chocolate chip cookie dough and bypassing the chips? Not easy, but it can be done. When I gave up tea last year, I found myself drinking a Coke for my sugar/caffeine fix. It felt a little like cheating. So this year, I decided a true sacrifice had to hurt. I gave up tea AND Coke. And I really can salivate just driving by a Sonic and thinking about one of their fountain Cokes—with easy-ice. (Excuse me while I wipe my chin.)
It hasn’t been too bad. Had a killer headache the first day, but now I’m good. I’ve been drinking a lot of water which I should do anyway. How about you? Give up anything for Lent? It’s not too late to join me in the spirit of true camaraderie.