I’ve always made jokes about Lent.
Stuff like – “I’m giving up Lent for Lent this year.”
I make no excuses. We never really made that big of a deal about Lent while I was growing up – even though we were church-goers. And as I grew older I tended to grow away from the church just a little.
I have always been a believer in the idea of God – I’ve just always been a little allergic to those folks you meet who take the whole thing just a little more seriously than I care to.
Still, now that I have begun writing about the Bible stories I feel that I would be demonstrating a strong degree of hypocrisy if I didn’t get to know that side of life a little bit better.
So for this year I have decided to observe and accept Lent as best as I can.
I had rode from work on the bus yesterday thinking about this very thought. I had made up my mind that I would give up sugar for Lent. Heck, I am overweight and it would not hurt to shave a few calories that way.
But then – this morning – I got up out of bed and heaped a plateful of leftover pancakes and dumped some syrup on top of it. I fried an egg and put ketchup on it.
Then, over breakfast, I asked my wife just when exactly did Lent begin.
Hey – I hadn’t heard ANY announcement.
I figured I’d just find out when it started so I could get busy and get ready for it.
“Today,” she said. “It starts today.”
Isn’t that just like a fellow? Start driving down the road without bothering to read the map.
Well – I decided that I needed to re-evaluate my Lenten observance – SO – I have decided to give up pastries and candies for Lent.
Sugar is a bit of a demon for me and by golly I love a cake or pie more than you could imagine but from now until April 17 I am going to give up PASTRIES and CANDY.
I will make an exception for my wife’s birthday cake. I will have a piece of that. But other than that I am saying “No thanks” to PASTRIES or CANDY.
That includes chocolate, durn it.
I don’t know if this will make me a thinner person. There’s that whole love affair I have with bacon to consider.
Yours in storytelling,