Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lessons of Lent

During the church season of Lent, lots of people choose something to give up. The traditional purpose of Lent is to prepare - through prayer, repentance, self-denial, etc. for Holy Week and Easter.

This year we (okay - I on behalf of the kids K) decided to give more as we are giving somehting up. Instead of putting all the change that they collect (again pretty much just K) into their banks (this time both kids because she shares), we have been putting the extra change in "the little box."

Our church does this each year during Lent and Christmas and we frequently participate. However, this year, I'm really trying to teach K about why we are giving money. Hummm. Easier said then done.

Here is how the conversation went.

Me: Do you know what holiday is coming up?

K: St. Patricks Day

Me: No. We just had St. Patricks Day. The one you keep talking about and asking when you are going to get candy?

K: Easter

Me: Do you remember why we celebrate Easter?

K: Jesus died on the cross then he flew up to heaven where he hangs out with Papa and Gran.

Me: (slightly puzzled and having never thought of heaven as a place to "hang out") Yes.

K: So does that little box need to be filled up with money to help kids that have Mommies and Daddies that need help taking care of them for me to get candy? (I starts fusing)

Me: I guess you were reading the note that came with the box. But honey, this isn't about getting candy.

K: So can I have some now then?

Me: No candy. (fusing getting louder) The money is to help kids that live far away get good water to drink and we are going to help them.

K: I will give them my money mommy. No problem. Do they speak English and can I PLEASE watch TV now?

Me: They probably don't speak English. Yes, you can go watch TV. Don't forget the little box.

Me to the empty room: We are going to talk about this more later.

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