“Have you decided what to give up for Lent this year?”
“Nope, not yet.”
“Nope and that would be a big fat zero here, too.”
“Well, maybe you should give up losing your temper. You know like yelling when the kids won’t go to bed at night or clean up the toy avalanches.”
“Ha ha, you should give up nagging us all then!”
“I will give up nagging, if you give up yelling.”
Hands were then extended and a deal was subsequently brokered!
If you are Christian and not living under a rock, then you know this past week was Ash Wednesday. This is the beginning of 40 Days and 40 nights of the religious season known as Lent. See Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and culminates eight, long weeks later on Easter Sunday.
No religious education will be imparted here for the most part. But will briefly share that for the Lenten season, all Christians are supposed to give up and deny themselves of certain luxuries. This is as a form or penance or punishment for what Christ went through dying on the cross.
Simply put, it is that time of the year to give up your bad habits!
Raising my hand in the air. See I am a Christian mom, who each year struggles with what to give up for Lent.
Thus, the above conversation that occurred between me and my ever so thoughtful husband. He offered me some much needed aid with the clever NO NAGGING for the next 8 weeks for me.
But still dying to see him keep cool with two little princesses. Because they have a penchant for making that large vein in his head throb and want to explode before most days have barely begun.
Still I have what I am giving up (thank you Kevin). But some Christian moms might still be undecided.
Are you a mom STILL struggling?
10 Surefire Ideas for Moms to Give Up for Lent
1. Eating a cold meal with each and every daily food intake, because cold must mean amazingly tasty.
2. Replacing the toilet paper roll every time the last person to use it chooses to ignore the need to replace it.
3. Cleaning up all sorts of catastrophic messes or taking out the garbage, because moms equal garbage person.
4. Waking up early every morning whether you have to or not, because mornings are the best part of the day if you are under 4 feet tall.
5. Long drawn out bedtimes that last until the wee hours of the morning with all sorts of excuses why the little
tyrants kids won’t go to bed.
6. Being interrupted while doing anything, especially once you are holding a phone in your hand.
7. Being the keeper to lost items, because if it is lost, then mom must know where it is.
8. Being the on-call chauffeur to all 24-7 no matter the time of the day, month or year.
9. Mediating fights over anything you could possibly imagine under the moon and stars.
10. Battling homework getting done, because homework is cruel and unusual punishment for the little people that moms just don’t seem to understand.
I know what you are thinking.
How on earth am I going to give up these most, amazing, daily treasures that I so enjoy?
But wait, hang on she must be kidding. Plus it isn’t even April Fool’s Day, yet!
OK never mind I must be confused as this is called being mom and if we were to give any of these up they may very well take our mommy cards away!
Happy Lenten Season one and all!
Now, where is Spring? As this mom is so over the illness, ice, freakishly cold weather and snow. Because of all this has left my kids home from school more than they actually have attended the past few weeks.
However, if I make it to Easter Sunday in one piece without nagging my whining princesses or my husband aka the scooch, who likes to cheat at Trivia Crack, I think I deserve a medal or at least a little hug!
*This article also appeared in syndication with permission on Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.