With Lent 2011 upon us, many of us choose to give up something as a way of thanking Jesus for the sacrifices He made for us. But this year, my wife decided that she wouldn’t give anything up for Lent. And I completely understand why. It’s all that Caroline can do to get through her days. Relentless fatigue, constant back pain, and four children have her spread as thin as she could possibly be. And there’s no way that she could ever make it through those days without a few simple things which help her keep it all together.
So while many Christians are culling through lists of things that they could possibly live without, I ponder the five things that Caroline could never give up.
- 1. Ice Cream: I know. I mention my wife’s addiction to ice cream just about every post. There’s a reason why. It’s legendary.
- 2. Exercise: Caroline is able to either play tennis or do Jazzercize a few times per week. And thank goodness for that. I know that sweating it out makes her feel a little better, and in the case with tennis? She’s able to smack the tennis ball pretty hard, indeed. Hard enough to get rid of some of her (understandable) pent up frustration.
- 3. Bible study: Not that one would ever give up Bible study for Lent. No one every would. And in Caroline’s case, that’s a very good thing. For I know through her Bible study and the meetings that come along with it, she gains strength and serenity.
- 4. Yelling at the dog: And by dog, I mean either our likable yet somewhat idiotic chocolate lab or me. Every hero needs a foil. And Caroline is undoubtedly our hero. Yelling at the bad guy is encouraged.
- 5. Going to bed early: And by early, I’m talking bingo-game early. Caroline is usually in bed between 8:30 and 9. And with good reason. It’s a virtual guarantee that she’ll be up at some point dealing with one of our 3-year-olds. It’s a virtual guarantee that I will be, too. But I’m not carrying a child. Nor am I anemic and suffering from a minor, yet energy-draining thyroid issue on top of it. And Caroline never has time to nap during the day. So she needs every single second of sleep she can get.
So there you have it, five things I hope my wife doesn’t give up for Lent. Truly, she shouldn’t have to forgo anything. After all, she’s already given up so much.
What have you given up during your pregnancy? Are you giving anything up for Lent?