I don’t know about you, but for me Ash Wednesday always starts off with me longing for something sweet. I’ve been daydreaming about making a batch of chocolate caramel squares since I woke up this morning. The fact of it being not only the start of Lent but also a day of fasting and abstinence only makes it worse. I feel deprived before I’ve even decided on what I’ll give up.
I used not have any trouble sticking to whatever I had given up for Lent. But ever since my first pregnancy I have had a slight feeling of resentment towards Lent. Was it not enough that I was denied a medium steak, alcohol, Parma ham and smoked salmon? I ended up opting out of Lent during my pregnancies. Generally I like to do the right thing in life. When it comes to religion, I am not really sure where I stand but I do feel that you have to take the good with the bad. If you want to celebrate Easter, you put youself through Lent. so this year I am going to make a good effort to stick to my decision and get rid of my Lenten resentment once and for all.
I am giving myself one little treat though. I’m allowing The Bavarian and the boys have Minestrone soup including the bacon. If I gave them vegetable soup, I suspect I’d be in for an evening not only of further fasting and abstinence but also farting and obstinance.