It just so happens that my last couple of posts on DELAYED GRATIFICATION and the Deep Irony of DELAYED GRATIFICATION are fairly timely for Lent. Lent is the time when we are supposed to make sacrifices. Like delaying gratification for about forty days. That’s a long time, when you are going to bed on Ash Wednesday and you’re kind of hungry.
But it’s okay. This is a bit of crazy-talk, but we are really going out on a limb this Lent. Usually we give things up like coffee or chocolate, and, yes – sometimes both of the above at the same time. We usually try to add some extra spiritual exercises in to the mix as well. Spiritual reading, daily Mass, trying to be nice. Trying to be nice is always the hard part, because of all the people in our lives that we have to be nice TO.
Anyway, back to the limb we’re out on. One of our children is having some health issues that require him to be on a really strict low allergen diet. So we decided that we would make that our lenten sacrifice to join him on this particular challenge. Denying ourselves for his benefit, and to carry his load just a little.
Now doesn’t that sound a lot like what we do all the time raising kids? Sure. This is just another small angle on the same old thing, just voluntary, and not forced upon us like most circumstances we are in as parents.
I’ll give you a list of the things we can eat, because, honestly, it will just take a lot less time.
- meat, nuts, seeds, some good oils
- bone broth, but that doesn’t really count, does it?
Now I’ll give you a list of the things I’ll miss the most.
- yogurt and raisins (please visit here for previous sentiments on yogurt)
Part of me wants to just lay down and whine on the floor. For the next forty days. But who would do the laundry? Imagine having to eat that boring stuff and none of the fun stuff AND having only dirty clothes to wear?
No. I shall not lay down and whine. Most of the time. Only when no one is looking. I may drag you dear readers along on some of this journey. Sorry about that.