Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Giving it Up.

Lent begins today. A day I have been anticipating and dreading simultaneously. As it happens, a few weeks ago I was thinking how important it is to me to be around to watch my children grow. In layman's terms, this means I was thinking about quitting smoking. The key is, motivation and substitution. So, I put it off. Saying to myself that I would quit for Lent and use the rosary when the need struck. This would kill 2 birds with 1 stone so to speak. I would give something up, that I honestly enjoy, and add more reflection to my life at the same time. Perfect. It worked when I quit drinking Pepsi a few years ago because too much sugar is a bad thing. But, there was diet Coke, which I grew to accept and now to love. What is there to fill the void of smoking?

This morning hubby greeted me, wanting to know why I was grumbling at the dog. I informed him that it is Ash Wednesday. The look of sincere joy on his face (heathen nonsmoker that he is), was almost comical enough to make me laugh. He offered to do anything he could to help. I know that he is was trying to be helpful. But I couldn't help responding, unless you have cancerless cigarettes, there is nothing.

Why, oh, why can't they invent a cancerless cigarette? We put men in space and transplant organs. We can make houses out of recycled material and splice plant DNA, but we can't make cigarettes without a bazillion killer chemicals. It seems so unfair.

Ok, enough moaning. I feel much better. Well, a smidge better, but I am trying to be optimistic!


  1. Remember those candy cigarettes from when we were kids? You'd blow on them and a little puff of smoke would come out. That was back in the 70's and I'm sure that puff of smoke was some sort of asbestos or cloud of toxic gas of some sort.

    I'm hear to help 100% Just let me know what I can do.

  2. i told momo the other day that i was glad i wasn't catholic at this time of year. she is giving up CHOCOLATE for lent. no. way. but i think yours is gonna be even harder. good luck! just think about how much better you will be breathing by the time lent is over! oh, and you can call and yell at me if it helps de-stress you and keeps you from smoking and get some sugar-free gum or better yet some nicorette gum! lol

  3. Good luck. And BTW, there is a cancerless, tar free cigarette of sorts. It's called home grown pot.

  4. Maybe by the time lent is over, you'll never smoke again!!

  5. ~bry: thanks for the support, where can I get those candy smokes from again??

    ~nonna: :( I hate gum!

    ~weaselmomma: LOL - nah.. don't want the munchies or the side-effects. But maybe I can grow tobacco?

    ~kel: that is the hope(of my family)!

  6. I am pretty sure that pot also carries a cancer risk. Tobacco is a highly researched plant, pretty sure the first virus discovered was the tobacco mosaic virus. Not sure if it is possible to have a cancer free hybrid, some of the cancer issues are from the tar and crap that forms from the act of smoking itself. Hope you are successful in quitting.


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