Prologue: In many denominations of the Christian faith, there is a time of year in which we are encouraged to give up something that we love and to engage in thought over some entity that should be improved in our lives. At least this is what I was taught by my parents, and my two beautiful grandmothers. This being that season of Lent, I thought I would share with you my own thoughts about that which I have chosen to give up and that which I have chosen to consider for improvement. It involves food. I have given up desserts; and I have been considering the agony of gluttony.
At any other time of year a piece of pastry would just be a simple thing one would pop into one’s mouth and roll around while we chewed it up before swallowing. At any other time of year that ice cream would just be a delicious slide down the back of the throat. At any other time of the year I could dive into a piece of dark moist chocolate cake, I might separate the smooth creamy decadent frosting and save it for last; I