One of my Lenten ideas was to attend a mass during the week, in addition to Sunday.
When I told B, he said "Want to try something more difficult?"
Weekday mass at our parish is at 8AM. My kids (and myself) are in a schedule where we wake between 9 & 10AM most days. This is a schedule that works for us at the moment - sleeping schedules could be a whole 'nother post . . . but this is about weekday mass.
B receives his daily schedule between 8:30 and 9 most days, which means that his first call is usually no earlier than 10AM (he leaves around 9 typically if he has a 10AM call). So, as long as I get out of bed . . . I can be back from mass before he has to leave.
This morning, I woke at 7AM. Everyone was still sleeping (in our room . . . hmmm . . . I really should do a sleeping post) and I was snuggled close to my sweetie. The sheets were warm; I was so comfortable; and then I remembered my promise. 20 minutes later, I was out of bed and getting dressed. Hopped in the car by 7:40 and in the pew by 7:50.
The church was packed. I enjoyed the fact that the songs were cut down from Sunday mass, and we didn't sing the "Our Father". Fr. P said the mass, so he included the extra prayers at the end, as he is wont to do. It felt good to be there, it felt like I belonged.
I realized it is possible - there's no reason why I can't rise early and attend . . . and as our schedules swing back to earlier bedtimes and earlier risings, I'd like to start attending with the boys as well. I think this is something that will continue past Lent.