These are Will's new shoes, which in real life are a bit redder than pink, but equally as bright as they look here. He's still working up the chutzpah to wear them to school.
So today is Ash Wednesday, and my forehead is scrawled with an ashen cross. This is perhaps my favorite liturgical season. Christmas, for all of its joys, is just too busy and finds me cranky on too many days. It's my dream to one day keep a very simple, contemplative Advent season, but that day is a way's away.
But a contemplative Lent is possible. I have a stack of books for my Lenten reading and a Lenten practice already planned. This year, I'm doing an Internet fast. I'll post here on Wednesdays and Sundays (and comment on blogs on those days as well), but otherwise will stay clear of the Web that ensnares me on a regular basis.
My rules are as follows: I can check email three times a day, and during those times I can also check the weather and if I have any library business to do online, I can do that as well. But otherwise, I'm staying off.
For the most part, I find the Internet to be a distracting distraction, an attractive nuisance. Most of my time spend online is wasted time (except when visiting my blog friends, of course!). At any given moment, I can think of a hundred things I need to look up or follow a trail of crumbs that goes on for miles. I'll sit down to check the weather, and forty-five minutes later I'm still on my computer, reading book reviews or catching up with latest news of the Royals.
And then I wonder where all of my times goes.
I would rather my time go to books or prayer or meditation or walking. I could work on a new quilt or dig a new row in the garden. I could, heaven forfend, clean the bathroom. I could write my mother-in-law a letter or give my dad a call.
Really, I'm looking forward to staying offline, to living my life in a nondigital sort of way. Today was good. I did my work in the morning, walked the dog, went to church, read for two hours, and planted peas, then made dinner. I didn't make the Internet at all.
It will be interesting to see how this fast affects me. I'll be back on Sunday to give you an update. Until then, shalom!