March 11th, 2008

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Tuesday kinda feeling

My son lost his first tooth Sunday night.  Big excitement where we're from.  His sister assisted, of course.  The tooth has looked ready to fall out pretty much since January when it took two major hits in one week.  There was a tooth visible growing in behind it but day after day it stubbornly held on. 

Around 9 that night I was drifting off to sleep and the call came (she used the intercom feature on our phones) that the tooth was out.  Both kids were keyed up and overly tired after a really fun day, including the family concert by the MSO.  Apparently when looking for excuses not to sleep, dentistry came up and... well after some pulling and twisting she managed to get the tooth out.  That led to a round of grandparent and father phone calls so that everyone was kept up to date.  I'd gotten so used to his snaggletooth look that this gap in his mouth is taking some time to get used to.

Lent is on my mind lately.  I didn't grow up observing Lent (Southern Baptist) but since I've been attending an Episcopal church and trying to set a good example for the little ones, I've been trying.  Drank some hot chocolate Saturday night, but Aquazoo pointed out that it was close to Sunday and there's a tradition in some faiths that every Sunday is little Easter, so it was close to being alright.  In past years I've been more extreme, but this year I let it slide without adding any punishments or new fasts.  So that was still fresh in my mind Monday when I came across a piece (through my work) about a church in Massachusetts that's encouraging people to have a "Carbon Fast."  I've heard folks talking about such ideas and I agree with them in spirit, but the way this radio piece was done made it seem so incredibly holier than thou!   "If you  give  up chocolate, who  does that really benefit?"  one woman says (as I recall).  Um, benefit?  The point (as I understand it) is to be reminded daily of the temptations and sacrifices of a man who died for what he believed.  According to the Bible he fasted for 40 days during which he grappled with his ministry and overcame the temptation to turn from the road he was on.  You can give something up or take on new projects that involve some sort of sacrifice (time, energy or money).  I'm pleased that these people are taking on this challenge (reducing their energy usage) but the high they're feeling about their habit changing Lent doesn't mean they are connecting with their faith any more or less than any other Christian who is also observing Lent.  Maybe I was annoyed because they picked my personal choice (although I've also given up Coke, gotten involved in a project at the Church, am praying daily and trying to be more open to talking about religion, especially with my kids) as an example of a "selfish" way to observe Lent. 

One of the many things I find funny across all religions is the way we set up rules and then parse them up in order to either find ways around them or to find more extreme ways to follow them.  People!  Gotta love 'em.
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