Each of my older children (the two little ones are exempt), decided on their own what they would fast for Lent. Israel gave up pasta, Luc gave up butter, Caesar gave up candy, and Meg gave up ice cream.
On Thursday night Meg, my friend Lida, and I were going to watch a movie. I was putting the little ones down for bed and Meg was arranging snacks. She was going to scoop a little bowl of ice cream for me.
"Lida," she called, "could you come here." Lida went to the kitchen. Meg said, "Would you just stay with me while I do this. I don't trust myself."
She proceeded to scoop the ice cream and then handed Lida the scooping spoon, "Please take this spoon, so I won't lick it. I'm tempted."
And my Mommy heart just melted when this story was relayed to me by Lida. What a pure hearted child. I should be more like her and admit my weaknesses and ask for help--without shame or embarrassment.
Please stay with me. I don't trust myself.
Please take this. I'm tempted.
...For they shall see God.