I was telling a friend about how I always give something up for Lent. He mentioned that his son gave up sweets this year. I try to give up something and then try to make a behavioral change for the better. He doesn’t usually give up something for lent. As we further discussed this and how my kids and I discuss what each of us are going to give every year. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends for us on Easter Saturday, although I think it technically ends on Holy Thursday.
I explained that I love Diet Coke, that is my coffee. I could drink five a day of that sweet nectar. I know how bad it is for me, but I just can’t help it! So, he talks about his love/hate relationship with coffee. He hates to need it but love the caffeine, which is a lifeline. He decides to give up his coffee and I give up my Diet Coke.
Over the past 30 days, we have been on the phone when I order a medium iced vanilla coffee from McDonalds. I try to mute the phone, but then I hear…” did you just order a coffee??” My only response is a giggle under my breathe. But let’s be real we have been on the phone when he has ordered a diet coke from McDonald’s… my response is “who orders a medium???” Honestly, I have tried to instill that you always get the LARGE, it is never a question!
We have made it down to the last four days. I am ready to cave and he is holding strong, encouraging me to not give in! Thanks for going all in with me during Lent!