Daughter: “Mommy, I’m going to be nice to my sister for Lent.”
Me: “You know, Lent lasts for 40 days.”
Daughter: “That’s a long time. Never mind.”
Yep, this was a recent exchange I had with my 7-year-old daughter this past weekend. She learned about Lent in her CCD class. They learned about doing nice things for Lent and maybe even making sacrifices when it comes to their favorite things. My daughter’s CCD teacher said my daughter told the class she was going to give up McDonald’s and chocolate. I find this more doable than being nice to her sister for 40 days. Even then, I know this is not going to happen.
As with anything else that goes on in my house, my younger daughter needs to follow her sister.
Daughter 2: “What should I do for Lent?”
Me: “How about not pinching your sister when she wins a game and you lose?”
Daughter 2: “I don’t think so.”
Me: “Okay…how about only using nice words?”
Daughter 2: “Sure.”
For some reason I think that “sure” was to appease me. I can see that lasting for about 40 seconds, not 40 days.
Daughter2: “Mommy, what are you going to give up for Lent?”
I paused and thought about this for a few minutes.
Chocolate? No. This is unrealistic seeing that Girl Scout cookies come in this weekend. I’m Team Samoa all the way.
Wine? No. Just no.
Soda? Sure. But, that really wouldn’t mean anything to me seeing that I don’t really drink soda anyway.
Finally I got one.
Me: “Mommy is going to try not to yell as much.”
Dramatic pause. Some giggles. Then, serious faces.
Daughters: “Sounds good.”
It was settled, my Lenten “thing” will be to try to yell less. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. But, we’re going to see how it works out…at least for 40 days!
As for the little divas, they’re still undecided. I’m trying to get them to do something rather than give something up. I know Lent is about sacrifice, but I don’t really see how giving up something like Oreos is going to make them a better person at the end. If they can’t have an Oreo, they’ll have a chocolate chip cookie. There’s really no sacrifice there.
But, not throwing a shoe at your sister or pinching her takes much more restraint. That is a real sacrifice around here. You see, if there’s less of that going on, chances are there will be less yelling on my part. So, it’s a win-win for everyone. Go Team Lent! Let’s have an Oreo…or two!