At this time of year, some people give up something dear to them for Lent. I've never attended a church that taught this practice, and my only experience with it is growing up in a neighborhood with a lot of kids whose families gave up things for Lent. My young friends would give up things like popsicles, which was not difficult at that time of year in Ohio. Anyway, today's blog post is from an e-mail this week that made me LOL. (Thanks, Joe!) This might make anyone who gave up chocolate for Lent or for any other reason wonder why in the world they did.
Giving Up Chocolate?
I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.
I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy chocolate with it instead of dinner?"
"No, I had to stop eating chocolate years ago," the homeless woman told me.
"Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?" I asked.
"No, I don't waste time shopping," the homeless woman said. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive."
"Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?" I asked.
"Are you crazy?!' replied the homeless woman. I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!"
"Well, I said, "I'm not going to give you the money." I paused and watched her expression before continuing, "Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight."
The homeless woman said in shocked disbelief, "Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that?! I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell disgusting."
"That's okay," I replied. "It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and chocolate."
What are your thoughts on chocolate? What's the best (or worst) chocolate you've ever had?
"Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but he can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate." - a Chocaholics Anonymous member
Save our planet — it's the only one with chocolate!
Print This Post
If you enjoyed this post, to get updates when I post to my blog, sign up for your preferred method below — RSS, Twitter, or e-mail.