Sister Josephine urged us to give up something meaningful for Lent, and since she also informed our second grade class that every thought that danced through our minds, was tapped out on a giant typewriter in the sky, I knew my Lenten sacrifice needed some punch.
I wanted to make up for my shortcomings. Like the teeny lie about throwing pinecones at those obnoxious neighbor kids and “misplacing” the hideous winter hat my mother insisted I wear or the forced apology I only pretended happened.
I needed to give God a serious sacrifice, and I knew what my sacrifice would be.
Easy choice, no Scooby-Doo.
See, before the age of entire stations dedicated to the nonstop play of children’s programming, there was an hour of after school viewing. Popeye at three o’clock and Scooby-Doo at three thirty.
I committed. No Velma, Shaggy, Scooby, and crew during Lent.
On my first day, I sat and stared at the blank screen and sadly imagined all the fun Scooby and friends were having in the Mystery Machine.
On day two, I turned on the TV and sat at the edge of the kitchen while the episode blared.
On day three, I gave up.
Fast forward twenty years, and I don’t watch much TV, but I do have another addiction, numbers. I assign value based on numbers in my life. See, if numbers are high, life is awesome. If numbers are low, life is less than awesome.
Therefore, during Lent, I am banning myself from numbers.
No writing out our summer budget again and again.
No clicking over to that evil place called Blogger Stats.
No charting the no’s instead of celebrating the yes’s.
No counting how many times I’ve asked our oldest to clean her glasses.
No allowing the uncompleted items on life’s do-to list to weigh more than those completed.
No tallying the amount of times I’ve hinted at the husband to fix the bar in the closet.
Nope, nope, nopity, nope. Not this girl. For Lent, I am number free.
Questions for you: Your thoughts on Lent? Are you committing to any sacrifices or adding anything special to your life during this time?
Linking with Jen and Michelle.