Thursday, February 22, 2007

as lent begins

Steve came into the room yesterday as we were getting ready for church, wearing a knit wool sweater and a pair of plaid boxers that matched the sweater.

"Do you think I can go like this?" he joked.

"Sure," I said. "You can tell everyone you're giving up pants for Lent."

We both burst into laughter so loud it woke the boy.

"Think of how everyone will persecute you for your sacrifice," I added when I got my breath back.

"I doubt Jesus wore pants in the desert," he pointed out.

We giggled and whispered about it all through church. So much for solemnity.


Kristine said...

That made me laugh out loud!! Some of the things we wish we could give up! :)

Susanne said...

Yeah, one time when I was a kid, Mom fixed something for dinner I didn't like, and it was on a Friday during Lent. I said I wasn't going to eat it because it was a fasting day. Mom said the whole point of fasting isn't simply "not eating," but specifically not eating stuff you like. So I had to eat her meal.

And Jesus, indeed, didn't have pants on in the desert, but probably a loincloth!

Monkeymama said...

:) :)

LutherLiz said...

Chris deeply approves of this action. In fact he is mildly surprised that he didn't think of it first.

Of course sometimes I think he is on a worldwide quest for the immediated distruction of all pants. :)