It's my daughter's 11th birthday today. Happy birthday, Baby Bug!
It is also Ash Wednesday. And if you're a good Catholic girl.... well, you're probably not ready this. But if you're a regular Catholic girl, just doing the best you can, then you might be thinking about giving up something for Lent.
That's where I'm at right now. What am I going to give up? It needs to be something meaningful, a true sacrifice. But it also needs to be something achievable. There's no point in setting myself up for failure.
But here's the thing. I've already given up coffee and soda. I haven't been going out to fast food and I've cut out a lot of sugar. I don't have rice or pasta or bread. Foodwise, I really only have two vices: French fries and alcohol.
I ate my share of french fries while I was in Vegas last weekend. They're so good! They're my weakness. But I also drank my share of alcohol this weekend, too. The weekend would not have been as good without alcohol... or french fries.
So, I covet both of these indulgences. If I'm being honest, I probably covet alcohol more than french fries. So it makes sense to give up alcohol, right?
Right.... but man. It's a long time until Easter. And there's crab feeds and birthdays and basketball and baseball and girl scout cookie booths. Yeah... I just don't think I can do it.
Maybe I should just give up red meat instead.