Me on the left looking smug much like I did for most of this story.
As I have mentioned before I attended a Catholic school Kindergarten through 8th grade and as you might guess Lent was a very big deal each year.
We were always encouraged to give up something that would help us remember Jesus and his suffering etc etc.
When I was either 7 or 8 I had a great idea for what I was going to “give up” for Lent. So when we did a craft and told our teacher what our idea was like we did every year I proudly proclaimed I would not play with any toys that were currently in my closet.
Ahhh how smart I thought I was and so pleased with the look my teacher gave me and merrily went along with my craft depicting said toys in my closet.
When school ended that day and my mom arrived to pick me up my teacher was very eager to tell her how self sacrificing I was being in the name of Lent and told her all about my no toys in the closet plan. My mom smiled graciously and then quickly hustled me into the car.
She then fixed a stare on me that only a mother can do and calmly said “So Bailie you are not going to play with any toys that are in your closet at the moment?” and I very eagerly shook my head even though her stare was a bit nerve wrecking.
Then she continued in her calm voice to say “You mean the toys that are in your closet on a shelf you cannot reach because you never play with them, those are the toys you are “giving up” to play with because you are such a good girl?”.
I was so busted, I thought I was being so clever and it lasted a whole half a school day before my mom quickly figured me out.
After that I took Lent more seriously because it seemed if my mom was so quick to figure stuff out Jesus would have been even faster and that seemed really bad!