So, in case you are not Catholic, or haven’t heard, today is Ash Wednesday. In the Christian church, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is the season during which we prepare for Easter Sunday, which is when Jesus rose from the dead. In the gospels, it was told that Jesus wandered in the desert and fasted for forty days and forty nights…which is why we celebrate Lent. It is common for Christians to either practice fasting or give up a luxury for the forty day season before Easter.
Okay…so now that I gave you a religion lesson…(Thank you, 17 years of Catholic school)…let’s get to the main point of my post – what I am giving up.
From the title, it’s no mystery what I’m giving up.
I remember in grade school, we would have a Lent tree in our classroom that we would put up every year on Ash Wednesday. Each student in our class would get six little paper crosses and we would all write a sacrifice on each cross and then hang them on the tree. Each week, we would each choose a cross and do that particular sacrifce for the week. The crosses did not always list something that had to be given up and would include actions to do like ‘do a good deed every day’. I remember always being anxious to see what I was going to get.
Fast forward to present day. Every year, I find it harder and harder to give something up. Not because I can’t sacrifice, but because I find that there is nothing that I love enough that feels like it would be a big enough sacrifice…if that makes sense. I mean, some people give up chocolate, soda, peanut butter, wine, etc…but I could live without all of those things on a daily basis. In high school, I gave up fried food every Lent, because I got tater tots every day for lunch….honestly, every day. Now, I don’t have access to tater tots every day, so I don’t have that problem anymore.
Yesterday, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to give up this year. I finally decided on pizza. I feel like it sounds so childish, but I could eat pizza for every meal, every day of the year. Giving up pizza goes deeper than just not wanting to eat a ‘bad food’ because there are many ways that I can make pizza healthy, however, pizza is my go-to ‘lazy’ dinner.
If I don’t feel like cooking? Pizza.
If it’s a Friday night? Pizza?
If we’re watching a football game? Pizza.
So…not only am I cutting pizza out of my life because it’s hard for me not to eat it, I’m also hoping that it will push me to not have lazy cooking days. I enjoy food so much when it’s prepared in my own kitchen!
Alright…here we go. Forty days with no pizza! Forty days of delicious homecooked meals!
Goodbye, pizza. I’ll miss you.
Do you observe Lent and give something up?
What is one food you could not live without?