It’s Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Though my husband is Catholic, I’m not, but I aways give up something for Lent. I try to pick something that has meaning for me. Otherwise, what’s the point? I once worked for an attorney who each year for Lent gave up watermelon. He hated watermelon.
Some years I’ve given up sweets, chocolate, fast food – last year I gave up buying books for myself. That was hard as one of my favorite children’s authors did a book signing right in the middle of Lent.
This year I am giving up checking out books from the library, unless it’s job related. I often check out books from the public library to supplement the small collection at my school or for teachers who need a particular book that our library doesn’t own. I’m also in the process of starting up a photography business, so I’m allowing myself to check out books related to that. But, all those wonderful mysteries, young adult and fantasy novels that I can’t resist will have to wait until after Lent.
I patronize two library systems. My local library doesn’t allow you to suspend your holds, so I had to delete them all. The library system just down the road in another town, does allow you to suspend your holds, so I’ve suspended them all until just a few days before Easter. This will allow the books to go to others, but once the suspension date has passed, I will go back on the list in the spot I was when I suspended them.
I’m hoping this will allow me to read all the books I already have checked out. (I can’t help it. Every time I see a book I want to read, I don’t just put it on my to read list, I request it from the library – usually.) And should I somehow manage to read everything I already have checked out, well, I do have an entire book shelf that is over flowing with books I own, but have not yet read. My dream is to some day win the lottery so I can just stay home and read to my heart’s content. One can dream right?
What are you giving up for Lent?