Thursday, April 15, 2010
Close to Nowhere
Computer games and Lent
I’m so proud of my friend Jane!
She (like I am) is very, very, very fond of computer games. We exchange games at any opportunity, so we can discuss them. One of the most recent questions for discussion was “how do I kill this ‘boss’?”
We’ve played Zuma for several years now and I recently found a new Zuma -- Zuma’s Revenge!
I mentioned it to her during Lent and she said, “Oh, please, don’t tell me about it until Easter!”
Most years, for Lent, I give up buying fabric. I’ve done that several years now and it’s become really easy, so I don’t see any sense in doing it anymore. I think, for me, giving up something for Lent ought to hurt.
Last year, my oldest granddaughter Meredith gave up Oreo cookies. I didn’t think she could do it, but she did!
This year for Lent, I didn’t really give up anything. I made up a package of “stuff” for a new quilter, in case I found one to give it to and I threw a lot of stuff away, but it wasn’t really giving up anything.
My friend Jane, though, gave up computer games! I thought she was nuts!
But, like Meredith and the Oreos, she did it!
She did ask me several times to not tell her about the game I’d be playing while on the phone together. I actually either quit playing or turned the sound off, while talking to her on the phone.
If I couldn’t give up anything for Lent, the very least I could do was not tempt Jane.
She filled the time she would have spent playing games well too! She sewed and, of course, quilted, and began learning her way around a quilt program we both have, Electric Quilt.
It’s a cool program! You can design blocks, quilts, and quilting patterns; you can pick out a block from about a gazillion patterns and edit them to suit yourself.
It’s quite a bit of fun, but it’s not a computer game!
• Jesse, a 16-year-old girl at our church and one of my favorite people in the entire world, gave up pasta this year for Lent.
At a recent youth night, macaroni and cheese was on the menu.
Sunday at church, Beth, one of our wonderful youth night teachers, was laughing at Jesse!
Seems like Jesse had scarfed down several helpings of macaroni and cheese, without realizing that yes, macaroni is pasta!
Her heart was in the right place!
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