Blog: A little girl with a cunning plan

Catherine Sleep | 3 March 2004

My sister was surprised the other day when her seven-year-old daughter arrived home from school with her chocolate biscuit still in her lunchbox. The sandwich, fruit and vegetables were eaten, so why on earth had she left her “treat” item untouched?

As she explained over supper, it turned out that in her school assembly the children had been introduced to the concept of giving something up for Lent, and she had decided to deprive herself of chocolate. Great idea – and I hope her 40 days in a chocolate-free desert will teach her that she really can have a perfectly nice life without constant access to such little luxuries. We become accustomed to them but we don’t really need them. Knowing from experience that you can take or leave food items is greatly liberating.

Meanwhile her little sister mulled over this new concept and, ever the opportunist, announced to her Mum and Dad that she’d also decided to give up something to mark Lent… namely vegetables. Nice try, but not a chance!


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