I am often freezing leftovers, bits and pieces, oddments and lunch sized servings for Sparky. So. Last week I thought to myself, hey. I’m not going to buy groceries this week. I am just going to make it a little Holy Week penance to use up whatever I have that which I haven’t bothered to use up for the last few months. So I essentially cleaned out the two small fridge freezers. I just took everything salvageable out of them and stuck them in the fridge to thaw, threw out the non salvageable and took stock of what I had on hand. So meals this week have been a little…creative.
The penance came with us not eating exactly what we wanted, but what was available. Not that big of a penance really. For me it was about working with the limited stock. Not that big of a deal.
It kind of reminds me of when we were in our early years of marriage, the last week or so before the paycheck came, I would have to see what I had in the cupboards and use it up. I was constantly cleaning out the freezer and pantry.
But Mammal!! You cry, perhaps…what does this have to do with family life, growing in holiness, coping with the day to day trials of motherhood?
Nothing. Well, perhaps nothing. But Orderliness, and all its shining glories in every aspect of my life, leads to living a more calm life, a life in which I am less likely to yell at people because my life feels out of control. I am not naturally inclined toward order, therefore I have to work really hard at it.
Whenever I stumble across or reason out some simple and efficient way of creating a little more order in my life, it is good for my spiritual journey.