Partying with Catholic Gradeschool Boys – during Lent – is a waaaay different proposition. They’re the same barrel full o’monkeys they always are, just with fewer activity and food options.
Me: Ok. Time for cake!
Boy #1: Uhhh….I gave up sweets for Lent.
Boys 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6: You were just eating candy in the basement!
Boy #1: Was I? I don’t remember.
Me: (in my head) Thank you, narcing monkeys, for so gently reminding Gave-up-Sweets that he lapsed. But now he’s back on track, so no cake for him. And, it’s my unsolicited opinion that “someone” should focus a bit more on “remembering” and less on sweets for next year’s Lent.
Me: (out loud) Ok. Well…no cake for you, I guess. At least come and sing Happy Birthday and you can have an apple.
–after cake & presents–
Me: Ok. Time to put in the movie!
Boy #2: Uhhh…I gave up movies for Lent.
Me: Wow. Hmmmm. Ok. How about everyone goes up to Sonny’s room to play Legos?!
Boy #3: Uhhh…I gave up Legos for Lent.
Me: Wow. Hmmmm. Ok. First off, you guys are great and you’re all going to Heaven. Now…howz about you all sit in a circle in the basement and discuss your feelings? Slam! [that was the basement door slamming – because at that point I just wanted more cake and some privacy while I did it.]
The Feelings Circle quickly devolved into Sonny’s School of Wrestling. The big tip-off was when Sissy – who was supposed to be my “eyes and ears” in the basement – came running upstairs to cut her nails.
Cut your nails? Wait?! WHAT?!?
Me: Ok! Everyone upstairs and outside. It’s time to pick up the dog poop! I’m sure no one gave THAT up for Lent, did they?!?
Nothing says “party” like a little poop pick-up session in the afternoon. Am I right?
Scratch that. Nothing says “GREAT party” during Lent. With Catholic Gradeschool Boys. like a little poop pick-up session in the afternoon.