Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I could give it up ... if I wanted to

Last year I wrote about Lent and what importance it may have in this modern world. (You can read that post here)

This year I decided to give up something for Lent. And it was a sudden decision but came of lots of earlier thoughts and talking with a friend at work. 

My friend is vegetarian, I have lots of vegetarian friends (ooh get me! "I'm not vegetarian-ist , some of my friends are vegetarian" ) so I know they are not all weirdos and oddballs (they are but not because they are vegetarian, more because they are my friends...a whole 'nother post - do I like weirdos or make people weird by knowing them?) 

festival food stall selling curry
Festival Vegetarian Curries I have known
 
Anyway ...  a while ago you will remember that my vegetarian friend loaned me the fabulous Veg Every day cookery book by Hugh FW (Read that post here) and I've been eating more and more vegetarian meals, so when yesterday we talked about kids, and pancakes, and Shrove Tuesday and then Lent and she asked 'what are you giving up?' I thought about it and said "I don't know, nothing probably" so her reply "Why not give up meat!" made me realise that I could - I could give it a go for 40 days ... that's doable right? 

a picture of mr tumble saying he's excited
Mr tumble is excited by Lent! Are you?
 
What are doing for Lent? Do you ignore it? Join in? 

Author's note : I only eat meat about 3 times a week and usually less BUT the longest I have ever gone without bacon is 30 days. Pray for me.

6 comments:

  1. Really? Giving up meat? Are you mad?

    I would never ever give up meat! I've been a butcher for too long to give up meat.
    But it's okay if you give it up. I'll take your bacon!

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  2. You're giving up bacon? Why would you do that?!

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    1. not just bacon! all meat! (no meat pies! argh)

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  3. Sorry I love meat, matter of fact, I am cooking a roast for dinner tonight.

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  4. I will give up meat for lent too. (is it cheating if I haven't eaten it for 28 years?) I will also give up MrTumble, but for life....

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  5. Actually, Sundays are not "fast days" even in Lent so you could still have your Sunday roast.
    Lent is 40 days... from Ash Wednesday to Easter... excluding the Sundays...
    It wouldn't add up to 40 if you included the Sundays.
    Since all Sundays—and not simply Easter Sunday—were days to celebrate Christ's Resurrection, Christians were forbidden to fast and do other forms of penance on those days. Therefore, when the Church expanded the period of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter from a few days to 40 days (to mirror Christ's fasting in the desert, before He began His public ministry), Sundays could not be included in the count.

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