Landmines Amongst the Jimmy Choos

That said, even if I weren’t diabetic, giving up carbs would seem…Well, wrong. In my heart of hearts, I would know that I was giving them up for a reason about as pure and driven as bird shit: it would be a great way to lose weight.

Somehow I don’t think that this is quite what God – or the Catholic church, anyway – intended when Lent was invented. Lent as a diet tip.


            What did the Church intend? I quote from “Giving up something for Lent is ultimately a form of fasting. We can deprive ourselves of some small pleasure or indulgence and offer that sacrifice up to God…An experience of want, however temporary, can help us to appreciate the true abundance in our lives. And a small positive change can have a big impact that lasts beyond the 40 days of Lent.”


            We shall see.

            And so shall you. I have decided to post updates on my ‘fast’ – perhaps weekly, perhaps more often, should events or the spirit move me.


            For example, here is what happened yesterday. I was at the Starbucks counter at Barnes and Noble, buying my morning latte before my mani. Now, of course, I knew better than to allow myself so much as a GLIMPSE at the aisles and displays as I burrowed my way through them to the coffee bar.

I was doing okay.

            It was when I was paying up that I noticed the display of cute little stuffed Peter Rabbits by the register.

            “Oh, how sweet!” I cried.

            The barista smiled. “I know. They’re adorable. They’re on sale, too – half price, with any purchase. Even coffee.”

            Without thinking, I pushed the Peter Rabbit toward the barista. “Sold!”

            “Would you like a bag?” the barista asked.

            And that’s when it hit me. I had actually forgotten. It was LENT.


            I suppose I could have returned Peter, but the barista had already rung him up and there was a line.

            Instead, I gave the bunny to my mother’s nurse. And it wasn’t easy. I loved that little guy.


            Here’s my question to self and God and you: Is it cheating if I shop for OTHERS? Hmmmmm….



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