I laughed years ago when my little sister gave up Kool-Aid for Lent and had to basically be medically disqualified from her self-imposed challenge.
She claimed she just couldn’t drink one more drop of water because it tasted so bad. She ended up a bit dehydrated.
I had to admire her, though. She could have gone for something easy, but she tried to sacrifice something she REALLY loved as a little girl.
So why do Catholics make these sacrifices or try to do something extra special during Lent? Inquiring minds want to know.
I made a quick trip to Sts. Joan of Arc & Patrick School Thursday to pose this question to the kids there. Their answers were sweet, sometimes funny and often insightful.
I’ll share snippets with you here, but to see more, check out the short videos I made. You can find them on the homepage of our website at www.kokomotribune.com.
You won’t be disappointed.
Third-grader Eric Binder told me he gave up his very favorite food – pizza – for Lent. He usually eats it once a week at school and once a week at home, he said, so this is hard. In fact, he hopes the Easter Bunny hides a tiny pizza inside a plastic egg for him, he said with a laugh.
Then his tone turned serious when explaining just how important making a sacrifice is.
“Jesus died for us,” he said. “We have to do something little at least.”
The students I spoke with gave up everything from meat, soda, snacks, sweets and candy to television and electronics.
First-grader Kalli Scott parted with her iPad on Ash Wednesday, when Lent started, and won’t get it back until Easter.
“My mom told me to give it up because I play with it all day every day,” she said, smiling. “I thought it was a bad idea.”