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Answer Lady Makes a Visit

I was looking through the various search phrases people have used to find my humble blog and thought “Today is the day I am going to answer those questions.”

Normally on Mondays I have been trying to be a little serious and tackle political issues. Recently at church I have been identified as a politically interested person and  (gasp) a feminist. Considering that I believe a woman should be able to work to support her family in case her husband: a. dies; b. runs off; or c. is  no-good drunken laggard, yes I am a feminist. I also believe that a woman who want to work because of the joy they get from using their talents and the money they can make from those talents should be able to work.

Shocking, I know.

However, we are not going down that road today. Recent events in Japan call for humor instead of pontificating.

Today, we are giving real answers to the pressing questions of the time.

1) Can I drink chocolate milk if I have given up chocolate for Lent.

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We all know the answer to this question which is never give up chocolate in the first place.  But then Lent wouldn’t be so much fun, would it?

However, the truth lies in counting the weeks and doing some quick multiplication and addition. The equation would look like such:

6 x 7 + 4 = 46

But Lent is for 40 days, you are saying to yourself. And we know that is to symbolize the 40 days and 40 night Jesus spent in the desert fasting. 

 However, during the season of Lent you have 5 Sundays plus Easter. These are considered a “free day” in which you can take a break from your lental sacrifice.

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If you gave up meat or sweets or swearing for lent, you can do these activities to your heart’s content. Rasher of bacon for breakfast, Italian beef for lunch followed by roast pork for supper could be done. The same idea for sweets. However, I do not think you might want to swear on God’s day. I guess you could refrain from the big one and do little swears. I would keep an eye out for lightning strikes, just in case.

Personally, I would just keep on going in order to make that new habit really stick. Or, I guess, on those Sundays you could indulge in your sacrifice a little. Have a repass from the sacrifice. So the ultimate answer would be “Yes you can have chocolate milk if you gave up chocolate for Lent but only on Sundays.”

2) How to explain to husband it is time to get the kids out of the marital bed.

I think you are going to have to use the phrase “Happy Wife = Happy Life.” If you are not sleeping well because those toddlers are kicking off the covers, kicking you in the kidneys and deterring the sex life, it is time to gently explain all of this to the hubby.

A child sleeping, picture by Side Show Mom

Explain that you would be happier if you could get more sleep and that there could be more “couple time” if the wee ones were out of the bed. But not one mother would blame you if you had to resort to cutting him off until said child was out of the bed on a regular basis.

Judy Arnall gave some excellent advice on how to get the child used to another bed and it may be rough going for a while. She is more tactful than I am. Speaking from experience, you are going to be happy you made the effort.

All right, those problems solved. What’s next?

Disclaimer: While I am  an annoying know-it-all, these answers should not be taken in complete seriousness. Add your own grain of salt as needed.

Last week my older two boys went to the Methodist Ash Wednesday service. I was glad they went although my 18-year-old, who sat through the Catholic version at school, told me the services were almost identical.

It was another lesson about being a part of the church on days other than Sunday, seeing how your religious belief can be a part of everyday life. Since I stayed back to be with the younger children, I decided that I needed to work on a special Lenten sacrifice. I decided to only eat one piece  or serving of chocolate per day.

What was I thinking?!?

I love chocolate. If possible I would –and do- eat several pieces a day. When I stop at the Shell station and they are having a two Hershey chocolates for $1.49, I get them. If I am lucky one is in my purse the next day. Most days, I am not lucky. 

If I could avoid the sinus headache, I would drink chocolate milk. During my last pregnancy, the doctors were very concerned about my blood sugar numbers. But I was finding the chocolate restriction nearly unbearable.

In order to have chocolate in my diet, I was looking for the smallest serving size possible. Then I would load up on protein to make the sugar breakdown in the safest manner possible. I was willing to figure out my diet to avoid getting a daily insulin shot but still have my chocolate.

I am insane to think I can last the next five weeks with only one piece of chocolate when there are three boxes of thin mints in my freezer. Can I make it thorough?

I am not sure.

The first challenge came on Thursday when I realized that the Little Debbie’s Swiss Rolls I had just bought was going to be the only bit of chocolate for that day. And it was 10:00 in the morning.

The next day I had a single Fannie May Pixie. A single Pixie is a delight that should be followed by another to prolong the joy. But I didn’t. I left it at one piece.

So far so good.

I have managed to stick to my rule of one piece or serving per day. On Sunday I had a hot fudge brownie parfait. Today, I kept it to one Dove™ Promise square. If I can keep this up, perhaps by Easter I can finally hit the next dress size down from where I am at now.

Let’s be honest, Jesus gave up so much more for us puny humans so that we could have eternal life. Giving up chocolate is the least I can do and I think I can make it to Easter if I really try hard enough. Being that I am an example to my kids, I want to make it all the way through. That is just one way of showing your faith, everyday, to your kids.

Karyn Bowman lives in Kankakee County with her outdoor writer husband and four children. Become friends with Karyn on Facebook.