OK Guys - This is important. We've made it through some really rough years economically as a nation. A lot of little businesses that make our lives more pleasant have just squeaked by too. Places like Jamba Juice and Pink Berry and Michael's and JoAnn's and our neighborhood Starbucks are still there for us, as are those wonderful employees who know what we like to drink and (at Jamba Juice) can still make us our special favorites long after they have disappeared from the menu. (Yes, I know that Michael's is an arts and craft store, and JoAnn's is the same but with fabric, but the idea is the same.) So what have I been hearing today? People are giving up spending money on their little pleasures for Lent! For Lent, Guys! Showing their devotion to God, but severely impacting these small businesses and their employees. First thing this morning, (right after Water Aerobics, that is) (Water Aerobics being where the first person announced their intention to quit their daily Starbucks habit), I began my Lenten plan by going to this woman's Starbucks and getting .........A Chai Tea Latte!! And tipping $1. I wish I could start a movement to make Lent a brighter time for these businesses and their employees.
So my point, and I do have one, is that for Lent I am giving up my small, smug frugalities. I'll still make my own tea, but not all of it. I'll try to buy at least one cup of tea or fruit smoothie or yogurt at one of my neighborhood establishments every day and I'll tip $1 when I do. The tip alone is a $42 commitment, (but I always tip people who serve me; I'm not complaining about the $42) so this is going to cost me around $100. Buying things I can easily and cheaply have at home will be harder for me to do than to give up, say, tea or candy or eggs.