Friday, February 19, 2010

February 19: I love


the rhythm and regularity of the liturgical seasons: Advent, Lent, that enigmatic "ordinary time." I wish I could say I observe them all with regularity. I don't. But it is a huge gift for them to be available, year after year, like trusty old friends, granting the opportunity for growth, reflection, renewal. I've had a love-hate relationship with Lent and still question "giving something up" (I'm doing it this year, reservations and all), the self-doubt that Lent seems to usher in. But my spirit has been leaning into the bareness, the scarcity of Lent, and so I'm letting it lead me in, unsure of where I will end up.

Above: some pretzels that Ben cooked up while I was out for a walk with Zosia and our dog Selma last night. One of the many reasons I love that man... his ability to let the creative spirit move (have I told the story of when child Ben sewed a full set of overalls for his bear while his mom and dad were at a teacher conference? Remind me to tell that sometime). Did you know that pretzels were originally a lenten food, and the three loops stood for the three members of the trinity? And, according to our trusty friend wikipedia, pretzels were believed to bring "luck, prosperity, and spiritual wholeness." Now I won't feel guilty about having had seconds.

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4 comments:

Once Upon A Parent said...

you are one lucky woman...what a great husband.

KnitterMama said...

I am conflicted about Lent as well but think I am going to give up something this year.... we'll see how it goes.

Emily said...

i love soft pretzels!! Does Ben have a good recipe?!

Adele said...

Emily, yes! And here's the trick... you boil them before baking them. I think Ben did a variation on this recipe:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe/index.html
Good luck!