I was up before 7:00 as usual to fix my wife’s breakfast. Normally it’s a hot shower right after, and then I fix my own breakfast and get on with reading/writing, after seeing her off to work.
But this morning I suddenly felt like skipping the comfort of the shower. Not even a splash in the sink. I’m a mess, a bit like a man rushed off from an all-night trial to the doom of a public sentencing.
It’s already noon and I haven’t even combed my hair. I’m not fasting here – I’ve had coffee and all. But I was right to think that skipping the hot shower would put me just far enough out-of-sorts to work like a hair-shirt, and keep me mindful.
So I’m home today, on Good Friday, with sleep still in my eyes and that overnight grungy feel – but this year I’m staying on point, and managing a little better at ‘keeping’ the awful memorial of my salvation.