21 February 2007

14 40 days & 40 nights


i have given up h+m for lent. i know how silly that sounds. my mum's heroic vow to forsake flour and all floured products successfully cast my own commitment in a harshly foolish light.

she is giving up an element of practically every delicious edible thing. i'm giving up a retail store that is a $2, 20-minute train ride away. it's not exactly on par with depriving one's self of the market or diet coke. my physical survival and emotional fortitude in no way hinge upon access to h+m. i will most likely survive the test without psychological disturbance or bodily distress.

but there's this green belt. this 2" wide green patent belt. a green belt that i didn't have the insight to purchase when i was in h+m last week and that i didn't have the time to buy in the two hour window between realizing h+m should be my lenten sacrifice and the store's 6 p.m. closing. it's becoming quite clear- this belt is going to haunt me.

admittedly, i already have a green belt. but it's canvas and lackluster and disproves the theory that one size could possibly ever fit all. but the green patent belt? it's shiny and sheeny and oh so pretty. it has character. more importantly, it has notches.

it's fast becoming the belt of my dreams, which is most unfortunate since my dreams have another 39 days until fulfillment. and with h+m's penchant for entirely rearranging and restocking every four days, the odds are it'll be a dream deferred.

even so, i'm going to hold faith with the green belt. i'm going to fantasize that there i'll be- beating down h+m's door on easter afternoon, tearing amongst the chiffons and polyesters to emerge holding the green belt aloft in victory. the grown girl's egg hunt.

14 comments:

Linda said...

Flour!! your mother has a pasta-less 40 days ahead of her...

oline said...

she seems to be using lent less as a moral refinement and more as a personal weight loss tool. no bread, no pasta, no cereal, no cupcakes?! that's 3/4s of my diet right there.

Bombsy said...

this may be a very stupid statement i'm about to make, but i didn't realize protestants celebrated lent. huh.

oline said...

your statements are never stupid, bombsylove. officially, protestants don't. some individual churches do though as a preparation for easter and that's how my family picked it up and we've done it for awhile with varying degrees of success.

Meggie said...

Well, after the disaster of giving up Cokes for Lent (which only lasted 2 days), I've decided to give up cursing since I've pretty much already given it up.

And I didn't get ashes tonight. Darnit.

oline said...

meggie darling, you go on and give up that damn cursing, bitch.

and i'm quite sure i'm supposed to know what on earth "ashes" means, but i've been wracking my silly brain and really have no idea. is that supposed to be a non-curse or a ring-around-the-rosy reference? huh?

Meggie said...

I'm guessing Bombshell is Catholic so go to her for more info on the ashes. In a nutshell, we have Ash Wednesday service in which you participate in Imposition of Ashes. You get a cross put on your forehead with ashes. Hence, the name Ash Wednesday.

Not all Protestant churches do. Methodists do because we're basically Catholic Lite--Catholic with Less Guilt.

oline said...

ah, yes. somehow i just wasn't expecting a religious reference so close to a darnit.

Meggie said...

Darnit is not a curse word. It's a not-nice word. Remember me and my levels of cursing. *laughs* I rank the curse words. It's Megan logic. It works for me.

oline said...

ha! completely forgot about your hierarchy of curses. that's like partner and i and the potential pyramid- but with curses rather than boys.

Meggie said...

I don't understand why people don't embrace the hierarchy of cursing. I'm sorry but the f-word is MUCH worse than bitch (which was downgraded from a curse word to a not-nice word about 3-4 years ago).

BTW, put the condo up for sale. Expect to see it on MLS listings Saturday morning.

oline said...

who told my deep dark secret that i leap from the bed early saturday mornings to scout the nashville MLS listings? discretion, people!

i miss h+m.

Meggie said...

Hah! I know you!! You are just nosy about my condo. Although you have seen the Greatness in person.

BTW, Mike wants me to sell Professor O'Leary to you since you love the rug so much.
I told him no.

oline said...

i just swooned at the thought of that. if professor o'leary's looking for a home- though he goes with absolutely nothing in it (except maybe the STAR magazines)- he's more than welcome in mine. sigh.