Giving it up for Lent

It’s the same dilemma as the question of whether to go public about your new year’s resolutions: do you tell other people what you’re giving up for Lent?

Now that we’re nearly one week into the blessed season of abstinence, and I’m still feeling elated about it (for how much longer, I wonder?) I’m going to come clean. It’s alcohol, again, which we successfully gave up for Lent 2006. As usual there’s the frisson about the idea: can we actually do it, or have we become addicts in the years since then? But once the decision is made, I felt really good and confident about it: I can do this! I’ve done it before! I’m going to do it!

OK, we have agreed to two St Megingaud’s days this year, which is probably twice what there should be: our wedding anniversary, and an evening when we’ve been invited to dinner at Magdalen. They are long standing commitments and it would be churlish not to celebrate with a glass or two of wine.

I tried hard to argue that if I was giving up alcohol, it would only be right and proper to increase my chocolate intake to compensate; but this was rejected by friends who have given up chocolate. (I don’t see how this is fair: I’m not quizzing them about how much they’re drinking…)

But then came the double whammy. Alison informed me that what I really need to give up, is buying books. Ouch! That I really don’t know about, though I’m game to give it a try.

Hi, my name’s Tony, and I’m a bookaholic.