Friday, April 3, 2015

When Holy Week Doesn't Feel So Holy And Why We Don't Eat Hot Cross Buns Today (7QTF)

1. I'm always amazed when I see these moms post about these amazing Holy Week activities.  I've never been able to really pull that off.  Life just seems to always get in the way.   I'm especially intrigued by the idea of visiting 7 churches on Holy Thursday.
I thought this was cute.  From the ever popular Catholic Memes

But I've never done that.  I first heard about it last year.  But, last year we lived in Virginia and not in the super Catholic part of Virginia, so finding 7 churches to visit would have involved A LOT of driving.  More than I was willing to do.

2.  This year.  This year we are all suffering from sneezing, sniffling, coughing, runny noses, nasty colds.  So again, I didn't feel up to it.  And of course, we missed Holy Thursday services....because... nasty colds.  And we missed the Seder meal with my parents for the same thing.  And I wasn't with it enough to put something together at home just for us.  

3.  We've also been using the week for house searching.  A LOT of house searching.  We've spent hours with our poor realtor this week.    This week is spring break, so Ben wasn't working, so we wanted to take advantage of that and see as many houses as possible since we could go out and look during the day, instead of just in the late afternoon. We found one we like....a lot.  But of course the last time that happened, someone bought it first.  So, we'll see what happens with this one. 

4. Did I mention that Ben signed a lease on an office?  Well he did. Which means he is officially opening his own law practice in a few weeks.  Which means there is a lot of work to get done.  So, I've also been using this week to create his websites.  This is turning out to be harder than I thought it would be.   But again, since this is spring break, this is the best time to do it.  Actually the designing part is easier than I thought it would be, but the writing part is much harder.   

5. I feel like I should have some sort of Good Friday mediation here.  But, I really have nothing.   I'm not good at meditations.  We'll be fasting today.  We probably won't be going to any Celebration of the Passion because we are still a little sick.  Although we're starting to get on the upswing.   I read somewhere that colds are most contagious for 2-4 days after symptoms start.  Well, today is the 4th day for the kids, so they should be good tomorrow and for Easter, but today we'll still stay home. 

6. Well, I should say that I'm fasting except for all the apple cider vinegar mixed with vitamin C I'm sipping.   And the raw garlic.    That's pretty penitential.  Effective at knocking out a cold...but penitential.  Didn't they give Jesus vinegar on the cross?  Well some translations say wine and some say vinegar mixed with gall.  Whatever it was, I'm sure it was not pleasant tasting.  So I'll be thinking of Jesus while I drink my apple cider vinegar. 

7. I'm really trying hard not to feel guilty that we haven't done more for Lent or Holy Week.  I feel like this whole season has passed us by in a whirlwind of house searching and business starting and now illness.  Reading other blogs, I definitely feel "less than" as a mother.   Last year, we did at least go to a Good Friday celebration of the Passion at our church.  Unfortunately it was a bilingual, which really meant that it was 80% in Spanish.   So, only one family member actually understood all of it.  This year, we probably won't even make that.  And when it comes to "Living the Liturgical Year."  Well, I'm really, really, really, really, really bad at that.  Really bad.  I never plan ahead.  I hate crafts.

And, I'm always a little befuddled that all these celebrations generally involve some sort of sweet treat. Like the whole hot cross buns on Good Friday thing.  I can't get past the whole eating a sweet treat on a day you are supposed to be fasting thing.   Now, my kids don't technically fast on Good Friday, but I certainly don't let them eat sweets or treats.  Somehow eating a sweet bun with frosting shaped like a cross doesn't seem like the best way to celebrate Good Friday.  Now, maybe if it was like spinach shaped like a cross, I could get into that.  Hey,  maybe we'll do that today. We'll shape our broccoli into crosses before we eat it.

Anyway. whatever you do, I hope you have a holy Good Friday!
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