Yesterday I decided I would talk to the both independently about Lent and the meaning of sacrifice during this season. I simply wanted to give them the option.
Before school, Big Guy and I talked about it and while we were talking he immediately said that he thought he would like to go without fast food during Lent. *gulp* Did he say fast food? That means no quick $5 Little Caesars pizza when I am too exhausted to cook. *gulp again* OK, Big Guy, if that is what you think you want to give up.
After school, Little Guy and I went to Barnes and Noble to walk around and pass time until time for Big Guy's carpool. We found a quiet spot to sit and talk. I used the time to explain Lent to him. He had a lot of questions. I never mentioned what Big Guy was giving up, but he also immediately proclaimed that he would give up Dr. Pepper (his favorite drink) and fast food. *sigh* Have I mentioned before that God has a sense of humor?
My hope is that this sacrifice on their part will make them more aware of the entire Easter season this year. For me Lent is not about the ritual, but about the reminder of the cross.