This week marked the beginning of the Lenten season, and as Catholics, my husband and I have had a tradition of giving something up for Lent.
This year we both went pretty standard on the sacrifices and decided to give up candy and junk food. I know, I know. God doesn't care if I give up Hershey's. But I enjoy the ritual. I enjoy making a sacrifice and pushing myself to do something outside of my comfort zone for 40 days.
So junk food it is.
That said, last night was a cub scout meeting at our house and the activity was to make cookies. You see where this is going, right?
So Lent starts a day late for me. But I'm trying.
What's different this year is that the kids are learning about Lent in their CCD class and have asked to participate as well, for the first time.
This morning we had a conversation about what they'd like to give up or promise to do.
Matthew answered instantly. He promised to give up teasing his brother and "stealing his things to bug him". Perfect.
Ben took much longer. He couldn't think of the perfect sacrifice so he asked for more time. Then we got into the car to go to school and he found a tiny toy on the floor that had been long since discarded. Something from an old treat bag, I think. He declared that the perfect thing to give up. Yes! That's it! (insert eye roll here). After a nice conversation about how giving up something you hadn't seen nor cared about in months probably wasn't a huge committment he decided to keep thinking.
He came home from school today with a propisiton.
He asked me if he could "do' something instead of gving something up. He proposed doing extra chores around the house for the next 40 days. He was very excited about pitching in his time and energy.
I loved the idea.
So there we are.
No snacks, no teasing, and extra chores.
Let's see how this goes.
Are you giving up anything for Lent? How about your kids?