I took my boy to his first pancake supper at the church last night. He wasn't sure what to expect, but he was absolutely thrilled to discover that there was bacon.
Being a part of EYC now, I'm trying to expose him to as much fun church stuff as I can. I figure the more somber aspects of going to church will begin to appeal as he gets older. Right now, he doesn't have much use for regular church services - the prayers mean nothing to him, nor does the story behind communion, though he rather enjoys communion itself and the sermons.
After it was all over, I helped clean up. We used a lot of dishes!!! Turns out the kids were using a new plate for EVERY pancake! No wonder there were so many. It took a long time to get all the dishes washed and put away, and I was really tired by the time I finished. The parish hall looked like a parish hall again and not like New Orleans. It was a good time, a good event - with good people. Even ZBoy commented on how fun it was on the way home.
And now to Lent. Probably the least fun season of the church's calendar, but I think the one where you learn the most about yourself. Last year, I gave up coffee. This year, dairy and "bad" fast food. Salads, grilled chicken and healthy sandwiches okay, but no hamburgers, french fries or anything fried. I expect the first week will be very difficult and it will get easier as time goes by. Lent is a good time to make the changes you really want to make in your life, because by the end of it, those changes will be a habit and much easier to stick with once Lent is over.