i’d forgotten about this post from last year; but, re-reading it this morning (after seeing a bit of incoming traffic to it), decided it was worth re-posting. after returning from haiti last evening, i took max to carl’s junior, where i had a “grilled cheese six dollar burger”.
this is not a lent bashing (or spiritual discipline bashing) post. i think the practice of giving something up for lent, when actually seen as a means of reflecting on what christ gave up, is a beautiful practice (of course, for many, it’s not much more than an inverted new year’s resolution). i’ve given stuff up for lent before.
however, this time around, i’m in a wallowing kind of place, connected, i’m sure, to the stress and sadness of all our transitions here at ys. can you say “comfort food”?
so, tuesday evening, during a pre-lent pancake dinner with my kids, i broke the “no twittering at the dinner table” rule and twittered that i was thinking of giving up abstinence for lent. that got me thinking: i’ll create a big ol’ list of MERELY SOME of the things i’m going to give up for lent this year. my kids helped me with some of them.
just sit back, and be amazed by my resolve.
THINGS I AM GIVING UP FOR LENT THIS YEAR
ferel cat adoption
miley cyrus music
michael jackson gloves
driving under the speed limit
reading chick lit
putting my tongue in fans
watching the movie “little women”
running for political office
launching my rap career
nude banjo playing
climbing mt everest
goober (that peanut butter/jelly stripey thing)
buying gold bullion
tunneling under the wall
my search for the “lost” island
stove pipe hats
jam sessions with U2 in my basement
constructing a scale model of ancient jerusalem out of mike & ikes
road tripping with rod blagojevich
amateur brain surgery
well, i could go on, because i’m really good at abstaining, as you can see. but, please, feel free to suggest more things i might consider giving up, in a comment!