Thursday, March 02, 2006

40 Days of Lent - Day two

What I Gave Up For Lent


We'll see how well this goes. I've already messed up a couple of times. But through my conscious effort not to swear, I'm beginning to see how often I do curse. Appearantly I'm quite the little foulmouth. Who knew?

It felt odd to substitute "jerk" for "a**hole" in conversation last night. "Jerk" just doesn't convey what "a**holes" some people can be. I also referred to something as "M.F.-ing" (as opposed to the Oedipal curse it stand for) which got a laugh from my friend Gretchen, who decided she likes the initials better and will use those instead of the actual curse. Gretchen is an actress, and it reminded me of when I was a child, I asked my mother that if an actor curses in a play or movie, does it count as their sin? Wise theologian that she was, she said no, that God would understand that that was part of their job and would not count it as a sin against their soul.

Today's Reading from the Faithful Words Promise Box:
"Touchiness" is a most undesirable complaint; let us be quick to judge it in ourselves and very tolerant of it in others.


Carol said...

One of the hardest parts about having kids: trying to find substitutes for the curses without sounding silly. "Oh Fudge!" just ain't the same.

the hanged man said...

One of my favorites comes from my friend Dave Himes, who subsituted "Chieftains" (drawled slowly and through gritted teeth) for "Jesus."

bill said...

Skimming, I thought you had given up “cruising” for Lent.

(More intriguing that way, methinks.)