... in giving up something

Published on 09 Mar 2019
A desert

I listened to a group of young friends discussing, jovially but in an almost competitive manner, what they would give up for Lent -  chocolate, visits to the pub and alcohol, sugar in tea, weekend takeaways. 

The ideas became more fanciful as the discussion progressed until it was brought up short by a quiet suggestion by one of them that he would be giving up his time. In answer to a request to explain, he revealed he had volunteered to assist at a night shelter for the homeless.