Thursday, February 14, 2008
Valentine's Day vs. Lent
Happy Valentine's Day! I pray you are filled with the love of the Holy Spirit this day! I do not hate this day as some of my single friends do, but I don't feel the need to make it into a big deal at all either. I don't send cards, but I do wear red, or a t-shirt I bought for $5 at Target that celebrates the day in a subtle manner.
While I don't feel the need to make it into a big deal, my students do. The juniors sold carnations and I happily agreed to pick them up this morning for them. It was when first period began when I discovered this day completely butts heads with Lent.
Why? Because I gave up dessert-type sweets and candy for Lent. The students really don't bring treats or candy for the teachers, but one student did bring a cookie cake for a friend and they have me for first period! I LOVE chocolate chip cookies and there is a HUGE one sitting on a table in front of me. The kids can't eat it now of course, but they are more than willing to share with anyone and I CANNOT eat any of it! Oh the torture! I could tell myself it's not very good, but I'm a horrible liar, even to myself.
Truth be told, it's almost a relief to have my Lenten vows though...saves me from sugar rushes, crashes, and cravings this day. I will feast a bit on Sunday, after cheering at the Austin marathon and driving to Houston for a secondary educators conference. But for now, I will simply rejoice in the freedom from the sugar!