ONDBEAT: Trying to give up in the season of sacrifice

In the annual seasonal spirit of Lent, I aced an A (for abstinence) avoiding sugar the first entire week.

Then along came the North Carolina Press Association convention last week in Raleigh, where I ventured with my Beacon newsroom colleagues to collect our assorted awards and indulge in a celebratory social hour and banquet, topped off with chocolate fudge cake blatantly sliced and placed out on tables, tempting vulnerable press people baring their smiling sweet teeth from across the state.

Since my birthday was fast approaching in just two days, I rationalized there was nothing wrong with a little luscious birthday-eve-eve cake.

Also, on weekends some Lenten practitioners allow themselves to suspend their abstinence until Monday, so I’ve heard. I like that plan. And Sunday would be here in just three days, I thought on Thursday.

OK, I blew it. But today is Monday again, my big birthday bash weekend is over, and I still have time to make abstinence amends, don’t I? In my new one-year-older wisdom and entitlement, I vote yes.

Today (Monday) on column deadline and before I embark on yet another terrific trip to Raleigh, the state capital of sugar-laden gold and land mines, to cover the Rally to Raleigh anti-drilling demonstration, I’m doing my usual morning detoxification with water and black iced coffee that definitely didn’t come from the Dunkin Donuts drive-through conveniently located just across the highway.

Every morning, right on time, I start out with the best of intentions. I suppose it can only go downhill from there.

Venturing through the Seafood Capital and breakfast capital of Calabash, I observed it was obvious morning diners may have given up something these reflective, challenging 40 days and 40 nights, but breakfast isn’t one of them.

Except for the popular bagel spot that has now decided to close on Mondays, the one day of the week it’s apparently been determined people don’t need bagels and coffee, breakfast eaters were otherwise heeding the call of their most important meal of the day at some of the other popular spots, including Sunny Side Up Diner and Calabash Deli on Beach Drive.

Thank God some places are still making that early-morning breakfast sacrifice.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.