Thursday, February 07, 2008
Ramona: "I'm going to give up hanging off the kitchen cupboard door."
Betsy: "Wait a minute -- I thought you were going to give up whining."
Ramona: "No. I gave up whining when I have to put socks on. But that was this morning. Now I'm giving up hanging off the cupboard."
Anne-with-an-e: "It's not fair to God if you keep changing what you're giving up."
Ramona: "Well, I won't change it anymore. I'm giving up hanging off cupboards, and every time I feel like doing it, but don't, I get to put a bean in the jar."*
There are different versions of this all over the place, but here's what we do: Put out an empty jar and a bowl of dried beans. For every sacrifice, prayer, act of kindness or penance performed, the kids put a bean in the jar.
On Easter morning, the beans will be replaced with jelly beans and M&Ms, reminding us that the rewards of Heaven will be sweet!