Ash Wednesday, Fat Tuesday, Paczki Day and how it's all connected... or something like that

My fifth grader asked me if today is ass Wednesday because yesterday was fat tuesday.  And it was also paczki day and we were at the bakery with all the other fatties.   Yes.  Sure.  Something like that.

We are not Catholic so I tried to explain to her what ASH Wednesday is.  As best I could.

I told her that we get to eat, drink and do whatever we want on fat Tuesday, and try to collect beads in the process because we should give up one of these indulgences the next day to honor Christ.  That we should go without something for like a month, til the Easter Bunny brings us a basket of forgiveness filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans.  And eggs.

Or something like that.

She asked me if I was going to give up swearing or biting my  nails.  Obviously she is confusing this day with a new year’s revolution.  I know that’s not the right word, but that’s what my kids call it.   I told her we had to give up something we enjoy, so that we can suffer a little, like Christ.  She said she was going to give up fighting with her sister.

Of course my 21 year old had to chime in with her “I’m not catholic so I’m not giving up anything.”   Spoken like a true selfish 21 year old.  Who’s on a highway to hell.

Whatever your religion or lack of it, have a great Wednesday.

She’g going to be really confused today when she sees dirt on everyones head at the grocery store later!


**I am a Christian and I do believe in God.  My kids believe in him, Santa and the big bunny.  Sorry toothfairy, you f*cked up way to many times for them to have any faith in you!

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