Tuesday, May 17, 2011
From Now Until Maternity
Gluttony is okay when it's that or... oh I don't know... selling your son on Craigslist because he's decided to boycott sleep.
Because let's face it. When gluttony was listed with really bad things like murder and wearing white after labor day, the church hadn't taken deployment into consideration, which turns otherwise rational, mild-mannered mommies into Temporarily Single Mommies. And single parents have a free pass when it comes to gluttony.
Because they're tired and they could be selling their children on Craigslist, which, let's be honest, results in a much longer purgatory sentence.
I remember a conversation in college where I responded sensitively to a friend who was expressing how tired she was because her newborn daughter kept her up all night by saying, "Well, at least being up all night helps burn off baby weight, right?"
Oh yes. I am that sensitive.
She replied that it did not, because if she was up, she was hungry and snacked. So she gained more weight.
I'm not sure that I agree, however. I think that the stress of being woken up from peaceful dreams of watching your children go off to college to the jarring reality of trying to comfort an infant whose only problem is boredom is stressful enough to burn extra calories (I assume that little life experience leads to boring dreams. I have no proof, but it explains so much).
Which also makes gluttony acceptable. In fact, I believe it changes the nature of the beast, so that overeating is no longer gluttony, but survival.
Survival. Do it for your kids.
Or do it because of them.