Thursday, March 13, 2008

Advice from the Confessional

I went to confession yesterday. Among many other things, I confessed to bickering--and yes even fighting--with my wonderful husband. The Priest asked me, "Why do you fight with your husband?" My answer, "Because God gave me red hair." He seemed mildly amused, but then we moved on to more serious topics.

I received some great advice and a very interesting Penance.

When it comes to your husband, say little, overlook much.
When it comes to your children, say much, overlook nothing.

Get more sleep.

On that note, I'm off to bed. Tomorrow I'll post on the venereal disease epidemic amongst American Youth. (I know, nice transition.)


Katherine said...

Sounds like great advice for me too.

Can I take the penance as well? lol. With an almost 4 month old I've been joking I gave up sleep for Lent.

B-Mama said...

Yes, yes... wouldn't more sleep do us all a little better? GG and I are constantly trying to discipline ourselves toward earlier bedtimes, knowing full well that we dearly pay for dilly-dallying at night!

Yet aren't the nighttime hours golden? I revel in them as my personal sacred space, away from the children, away from the hubbub of our daily existence... If only I could drink in the minutes while still maintaining a decent bedtime. Any suggestions?

Right Said Red said...

I have the same problem B-mama, which is why I was given this Penance! I revel in the few short hour of adult time or alone time. It is a cherished time that only comes in the evening. I think I am going to have to set an alarm to remind me to go to bed! I am the worst, and the computer only makes it harder to get upstairs and into bed.

Katherine--I feel your pain on the sleeplessness, as I have a 2 month old :-) He only wakes once in during the night, so I can't complain too much!

JesusThroughMary said...

A priest once told me that, when it comes to sleep, "nature needs 5 hours, comfort 7, laziness 9 and wickedness 11."

Of course, he never had kids.

A blessed solemnity of St. Joseph to all.