As you most of you know, I am Catholic and since today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, I need to decide immediately what I should give up for 6 weeks. Like most women, I contemplated the whole dessert, chocolate, cookies, cakes, basically all sweets and I don’t think it is the best choice for me this year for a few reasons. One reason is that the possibility of me actually succeeding is very slim and I hate the emotion of guilt, so I need to give up something else. Two is sometimes I physically and emotionally just need a sweet to make it through my life, so I can’t put any unnecessary pressure on myself.
Years ago I heard a priest talk about “doing something extra” instead of giving something up. Like going to mass during the week, donating extra time and or money to your favorite charity, be kinder to people, etc. I have tried this approach several times in the past but it never really felt like I was fully participating in Lent the way I want. So I don’t want to go that route this year.
Truth be told, I know what I need to give up and what I should give up, SWEARING, but can I really do it?
Can I really quit swearing and stop using foul language for 6 weeks? My mouth has gotten so terrible and disgusting that even Tabitha made a comment the other day. “Mom, why do you always say “Are you Fu–king kidding me? You know it is real, so why do you say that? It is weird.”
Thank you darling for pointing that out.
That is my favorite expression. I say it every time anything goes wrong, as a result I probably say it 10-15 times every day. It is horrible!
See, I am a seriously flawed individual. Only a loser Mom would speak that way around her children, but I am not a terrible Mom, I just have a hideous trash mouth that has gotten totally out of control.
So that is it! I have made my decision, I will do it. I am going to reserve the right to say things like
” What the heck, instead of What the hell!”
” Are you flipping kidding me”, instead of my normal.
“Shoot, instead of Sh*t”
Hummm, Is jerk a bad word? Probably, I better find a synonym for that one and a**hole. I think a-hole still sounds bad, so I will have to replace that word too. Am I missing any?
Maybe I should use opposite words instead of replacement words. Like “Wow, this is amazing, I love this, I am soooo happy right now, instead of my usual profanity.
Either way I do it, I am committed and am going to need some serious support because I am addicted to swearing. It really makes me feel better.
Maybe I will post a tally on my sidebar listing how many times I screw up. Oops, I think that is a bad word?
Thank goodness I wrote this on Tuesday, so I didn’t officially already mess up.
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