Lent: Day Won

1240 1240_ () 1240 1240 Sorry for the radio silence. By the looks of my most recent poll, we’re going to the nudist colony! Since I am committed to staying on top of my laundry, and the readers have spoken, I guess it’s time to start packing.

Just kidding (mom!)! We would never go to a nudist colony, even for a visit. And especially not so soon after the holidays. I’m guessing enrollment for those kinds of places is low this time of year. Give people their 40 days of Lent first, I say.

Speaking of Lent, I hope yours is off to a good start. Things were a bit testy around here, I’ll admit, when we all arrived home after basketball practice this afternoon and the whole “yes, dad and I were totally serious when we said no Wii. Or T.V. and yes that includes ESPN” — when that reality hit. A few of us took it a bit harder than others. And I was one of those few. I realized, this afternoon with a house full of worn-out boys on a rainy afternoon, that this is absolutely the kind of day for which television was invented.

But we have turned off the T.V. for Lent, and I sent the boys on their way, in a direction not towards the television. And it worked. One boy, begrudgingly, went up to his room to read. Another took out Chutes and Ladders, and I was pleasantly surprised. It had been a while since he played that game, having moved on to Battleship and Chess. I walked into the front room a few minutes later to discover the game all set up — with tiny ninjas as the playing pieces.

“Mom,” said Charlie coming into the kitchen as I cleaned up from dinner, “do you want to play Store?”

I was speechless. Do I want to play Store? I had not heard those words since my sister posed that question to me — 20-some-odd years ago.

“I’d love to,” I smiled.

“Good,” said Charlie, suddenly speaking with a Texas accent. “I’m a gonna need horse carcass, antelope carcass, and some dung.”

“Right,” I said, thinking this was not how I remember playing Store. I handed him a chunk of leftover muffin.

“You serve it all rolled up together like this,” he drawled. “I like it!”

And suddenly, the creativity and fun made me remember why turning off the television is a good idea no matter what the season. 1240″> ? . .



  1. the boys version of store is much more…BOY.

  2. Wow. That version of store is so….rustic. Yeah. Rustic.

    What a blast those little ones must be!

  3. Becky @ Boys Rule My Life says

    Aren’t boys just FUN!? Gotta love ’em.

    I am amazed at what we get done around here and how much fun we have when we turn the tv off (and I get off the computer!). It’s an on-going battle, though (especially for my 2 year old).

    Oh, I also wanted to stress… buy the big front loaders – they save so much time!! If I stay on top of the laundry, I can actually get ALL of my laundry done in almost one day!

    I’m enjoying your blog. I’ll be back again! 🙂

  4. Tom Mulhall says

    Hi Rachel,
    Reading your posts reminded me of my childhood as I have 4 brothers and no sisters.

    Why would you think nudists wouldn’t vacation at nudist resorts during Lent? Do nudists sacrifice and put clothes on during Lent?

    Actually since you mentioned one of your goals is to get a tan, you might be surprised, but you might enjoy a vacation at a clothing optional resort.

    Some nudist resorts rival the top boutique resorts around. There are nice ones in Florida, the Caribbean, and Palm Springs, CA. And I know because I am a past president of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and own a nudist resort.

    They are perfect to get away from the kids, relax without a care in the world, say good bye to tan lines forever, and are very romantic.

    Also people of all religions vacation at clothing optional resorts. You behave the same as you would at a Marriott, Hilton, etc. You just get a great all over tan.

    If you are ever in Palm Springs look us up at http://sunnyfun.com

    Who knows, writing about a relaxing romantic vacation at a nudist resort could be you next big story.

    Good luck with the kids.

  5. I can hear the synapses firing all the way over here in Maryland. Amazing what turning off the tube will do for brain development! You’ve inspired me to turn it off more often!

  6. Whew! I’m glad someone out there is still blogging. It seems as if so many have given up the computer for Lent…almost makes me feel guilty! (Although I have limited my time on the computer to one hour a day.)

    We had the same stunned reaction yesterday about the no t.v. thing. I mean, the boys KNEW beforehand, but I guess reality hit them a little hard when they came home from school. But like your boys, they managed to find something to do.

    God bless.

  7. Totallyscrappy says

    Happy Lent!
    I hope you can keep a sufficient stock of antelope and horse carcasses and dung to last you 40 days!

  8. I love love love your blog. For posts like this one and the one above it, I am so thankful for your blog.