As you know, this is when we listen to a lovely rendition of Ave Maria (as well as something somewhat less timeless) and, in recent years, discuss what we’re giving up for Lent.
In years past, this has been an opportunity for me and Maribou to go out to the IHOP and discuss the prior year and talk about the coming year.
Well… we had IHOP delivered instead. But we sat and talked about the past year and stuff we did well and stuff we accomplished and stuff we overcame and, jeez louise, how is it almost March? It was *JUST* March!
The big thing that we noticed was, on all of our measurables, we did *GREAT*. We passed a silly arbitrary number for how much we still owed on the house and that made us do a little dance. I re-learned how to cook. She mastered her craft at her job and is able to do about 98% of it from home as well as a few percentage points from her co-workers who still go in (which makes it easier for them to pick up her little points here or there). We mastered living together under one roof and the other person being the only one we really see and really talk to.
I mean, we weren’t living exceptionally dramatic lives or anything like that but, in years past, I’d say that our biggest problems were acute ones. This last year wasn’t particularly acute at all. It was chronic. All year long. And months ahead. But we got kinda good at it.
So when it comes to “what are you going to give up for Lent?”, for me, the question is “what *HAVEN’T* you given up?” Jeez, I’ve given up rock climbing, Saturday night gaming, travelling further than a drive up to Cascade (not even getting out of the car! Just driving up there and turning around!), eating out with friends, eating at home with friends, cooking for people who aren’t my spouse or my mom, and hugging people that I haven’t cooked for recently. What am I giving up for Lent?
Well, I’m going to do Metamucil every day, I guess. That’ll be something I can do without feeling like I’m not sacrificing something that is keeping me on the tightrope. The stuff that it’ll enable me to let go of is stuff I probably shouldn’t be holding onto so tightly.
And *NEXT* year will be the year that will be normal enough to give something up without thinking that doing so would tipple topple everything.
(And I need another “Oh, I remember that song!” song for the post… here’s one.)
So… what are you giving up for Lent? Or, at least, meditating on?