My library fast, that is. In February, I made some careless mistakes: returning DVDs in the wrong cases, losing a paperback, going overdue on others. I was tempted to attribute this to "pregnancy brain", but I realized I had been gorging on books like others do junk food. I decided to make library books my Lenten fast. During the break, I cleared my mind of worldly wisdom and entertaining storylines. I also saved my spending money to repay the astronomical DVD bill. Did you know they send late payments to a collections agency nowadays?
Today I had a chance to clear the slate. Checkbook in hand, I approached the desk. She seemed puzzled as she pulled up my record. "Well, it looks like you only owe $2.60." The DVD mix-up had been solved in my absence. If I had paid the first notice that came in the mail, I would be $60 poorer right now. Sometimes self-denial has its own reward.