Last week Jenny and I were talking about Lent.
She thought it was a Catholic thing, which is what I'd thought until last year. But she didn't believe me. So she looked it up.
This led to a discussion on how neither of us have ever done Lent, and then one of our Quadmates, who is from Argentina, asked what Lent was, which then led to Jenny, the Quad Lent expert (by virtue of having the Wikipedia page open), giving him an explanation of the Lent business.
He was intrigued about what you give up - like, what if it's something you want to give up anyway, or should it be something that feels like a hardship, etc.
So Jenny said that she had this friend who gave up something difficult for Lent every year, and then sometimes wound up giving it up for good.
Like, last year ago she gave up soda, which she drank all the time and loved. And after giving it up for Lent, she just stopped drinking it entirely. She didn't miss it at all.
"She said it's something biological," Jenny explained, "and if you stop doing something for 40 days, you kind of stop missing it, and then it's not that hard to give it up for good."
To which I had to say, "Turns out that is absolutely true. To the great chagrin of my husband."