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Pancakes & Love

Next Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, and I’m a teeny-tiny bit excited. I love Shrove Tuesday because (A) pancakes and (B) I get to talk and gossip about what everyone is planning to give up for lent.

I love hearing what other people want to give up – I think it just says SO much about a person. For example, one of the kids that I look after wants to give up vegetables. That made me belly laugh for at least five minutes. Another wants to give up chocolate sweets, but not chocolate on it’s own, or chocolate ice-cream, or chocolate sauce – a seriously specific giving up! Personally, I like this one the best:

I want to give up feeling sad when it’s a rainy day, because I feel bad for rain – nobody seems to love it. But I love the pitter-patter of rain on the windows, and I like the way it plinks on the pavement and the way it streaks down my face. So for the next 40 days, when I wake up and pull open my curtains, and see puddles and raindrops, I will smile and be happy.

I just think that is just beautiful and inspired and lovely. I’m planning to give up Nutella (because seriously I am addicted to it), which is nowhere near as cool as this.

February is a month of love, and I adore it. There’s pancake day, and Valentine’s Day and my baby sisters birthday.

Celebrating love is one of my favourite things – and I don’t do it nearly as much as I should. So this month I’ll hug my dog closer, and kiss my mum on the cheek, and get my dad a Mars Bar when he’s having a bad day. February 14th doesn’t have to be a celebration of romantic love, although romantic love RULES (shout out to my book boyfriends ;). It can be about friendship and family, and pets and smiling at people and saying ‘Good Morning’, or helping somebody. Love can be kindness in all forms.

So, I hope you have a fab February, and a great Valentine’s day. I will be spending the month attached to my laptop, tapping away at the keyboard, with my dog curled up at my feet. Hopefully, by March 1st draft 1 of my WIP will be typed, printed and left somewhere safe to rest for a month or two.

What are you planning to give up for Lent?

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