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Catholic? No. Inspired? Yes.

My six-year-old
decided to give up
his teddy bears and TV
for Lent.

(While not Catholic,
most his friends are.

Also, truck videos
and Sara Bareilles
on YouTube
are excluded,

I, too, am
giving up
for now, though
I am not Catholic.

I am giving up
eating the junk
that’s left me feeling
run-down and tired
after eight months
of failing to refrain
over and over again.

But the taste!
Maybe I could have
just one beer?

Almost as soon
as the thought
crept into my brain,
thoughts of Lent
overtook it.

I smiled,
and said “No, thanks.
Not today, or tomorrow,”

I once wrote:

I had to give up something important to me to fully experience something even more important.

My teeth, my name.

My mom, my love.

I am not Catholic,
but I am giving up
things I enjoy for
something better:
my health.

I don’t need to be Catholic
to be glad to have
this community
reminding me,
by its members’ acts,
that I am losing nothing;

I am simply choosing
to trade one sweet thing
in pursuit of another,
ever so much

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  1. February 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm


  2. February 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    You are “catholic,” because you are one with us. (Lower case c…)

    • February 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      I had no idea that was a word. I just looked it up and am smiling. Thank you for these heartwarming words. ♥

  3. February 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Your six year old is pretty amazing mama. Well done, lets us know how it goes for both of you!

    • February 12, 2016 at 4:36 am

      Will do! I hadn’t heard anything about Lent from him, so I was surprised–but so delighted–when his dad texted me about D’s decision a few days ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. February 12, 2016 at 3:26 am

    “I am simply choosing
    to trade one sweet thing
    in pursuit of another,
    ever so much
    sweeter.” – Loved this line. LOVED IT. Short term joys definitely are not worth it for long term joys. Also your little one is precious sweet to be giving up the things he loves.

    • February 12, 2016 at 4:39 am

      The last many months, I’ve been caught up in the idea I HAVE to stop eating certain things because I know it’s better for me. Head-knowledge has not moved me any closer to returning to my formerly healthy ways. Yesterday, feeling myself as one small node in a network of folks striving for better, heart-knowledge finally made the difference. That same sensation has me smiling as I contemplate the day ahead, thinking not of what I’m giving up but how good I’ll be feeling in a couple of weeks. It’s a trade, not a loss, and I’m glad to head-and-heart grok this again. Also, tickled by Li’l D’s decision, and touched by your kind words. Thank you!

      • February 13, 2016 at 5:51 am

        Well if making this decision makes you happy as well as healthy, then it must be a wonderful decision! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. February 12, 2016 at 5:56 am

    This was wonderful and I know many Christians, who are not part of the Catholic Chruch, who also give up something for lent.

    • February 12, 2016 at 6:03 am

      I was thinking about this before my kids awakened and realized I could remember at least a couple of posts by such folks. The recollection helped me feel even more invigorated, which I wouldn’t have thought possible! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Holly
    February 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I am a lapsed Catholic, now agnostic, and still can’t break the habit of observing Lent. Go figure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. February 13, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Like Holly, I still observe Lent though I am not a lapsed Catholic but rather a recovering one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • February 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

      LOL! I didn’t even know about Lent until I was in college. One of my sorority sisters–from that very brief stint–had smudges on her forehead. I almost said something, but was glad I didn’t when I saw a few others with similar smudges. Someone said something later in the day that clued me in. I know more than then, but still scant little!

  8. February 13, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Beautifully said well, written. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. MRY
    February 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    This is so lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. August 7, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Thank you for writing this so lyrically. It is beautiful when we can learn from one another no matter who, what, or where we are in life. Kids are the best teachers! ๐Ÿ™‚

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