Thursday, February 26, 2009


In the tradition of seemingly never doing the right thing, my wonderful friend and I have decided, once again, to give up swearing for Lent.~ This includes all swear words and made up words that could imply swearing. For example: calling someone an a-hole rather than an actual asshole is still swearing. Of course using Maddie's made up swear word of Hossiepops is definitely off the table.

Sadly, I must admit, swearing is like a second language for me, and I am fluent. When I was a teenager, my mom caught me swearing and said I could say anything she did...As a woman who was recently divorced, entering the work force again after twenty years with three teenagers, let me say that her offer just about opened the door for saying anything and everything...except the Lords name in vain.

There are consequences to breaking the rules and swearing...I'm not talking about flogging or stoning each other like the good old days. Our punishment comes in the form of missed meals. Every time we swear, we miss the next meal...yikes.

We did this last year, every time I swore I would lose drinking soda for the day and then on to missing meals. By the end of the first night, I was thirsty and starving. I figure by Easter we will be cured.


karengberger said...

This is a noble plan. Let us know how it goes!
How long will Maddie's cast be on? Is she used to it/proud of it yet?

Maggie said...

She's been used to that thing since day one...oddly though we've had problems with it not being sturdy enough and we've had to get it replaced. She has about 3 more weeks before she gets it off and I can honestly say that time cant come fast enough...I'm sick of scraping my knuckles against the fiberglass every morning trying to put a sock on the darn thing!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love this post. I wish you all the luck in the world. I try to keep my nasty talk to a minimum...don't want the kids to think it is ok. I do say crap and crud a bit....I could use missing some meals though!!!

Persnickety Ticker said...

Not only would I fail so miserably at this, I am pretty sure I would be mighty hungry and cranky after not eating for 4o days.

It would probably just be easier for me to give up breathing for lent.

The Girl Next Door said...

This is such a great idea - somehow I curse like a sailor, despite having a mother who did not even KNOW what curse words were until after she had children. OK I should probably post that story. But anyway, I will keep this in mind for next year. This year I've given up alcohol - and considering I'm going to a conference where the main event is non-stop drinking (I'm going on a booze cruise tomorrow and will be drinking virgin rum & cokes..) I think I need to be able to swear if I can't drink! Good luck!