Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Chirp Chirp Chirp

In the nick of time, just as Lent begins, I've joined Blogging Chicks. You can see the blogroll over that way. [I'm pointing stage left. For those of you unfamiliar with stage directions, I'm pointing over that way, beneath my blogroll. For those of you unfamiliar with a blogroll, just look to the side.]

And what, pray tell, does Lent have to do with it? Chicks. Eggs. New beginnings. And so on.

Speaking of Lent, I did my Tuesday 10 yesterday for the first time. So you know what I've done for Lent in the past. This year? It's no chocolate. I know, it really should be no candy because all I'll do for the next 6+ weeks is search for an appropriate substitution, which I won't find, but I'll keep trying, packing on the pounds as I search. But I have a plan for that. While I'm not officially giving up candy, I do plan to eschew all but the "juicies" that my little one and I love so much. Again, not official, so don't hold me to it if you see me at the "Bridge to Terabithia" today with Dots accompanying my popcorn.

And my other Lenten sacrifice this year? I'm going to fold the weekly bulletins for the church. Can I get any purer? I rather think not.

What's the deal, anyway, with Lent and me? I mean, I'm a recovering Catholic. Our church essentially gives you permission to fail and repent. And how do you repent? By giving a dollar for each failure. When I heard that this my first Lent at the church, I said, perhaps aloud but perhaps not, "Here, let me write you a check for $40 right now and be done with it."

It's a little thing, giving up something for Lent, and it makes me feel a bit closer to God. And that's a good thing in my book. I'm hoping it's a good thing in His, too!

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