Hello Heathens and Happy Mardi Gras!
Immediately following Mardi Gras (also known as Carnival), most Louisiananians participate in Lent. Although Lent has religious origins, it’s also a cultural tradition. Historically, one prepares through prayer, penance, self-denial and the elimination of meat (beef, pork and poultry); however, seafood is not prohibited and usually eaten on Fridays. Basically, it’s an attempt to cleanse oneself after all the partying associated with Mardi Gras.
Now that I’ve gotten the history lecture out of the way, help me flush out my list of “self-denials” for the duration of Lent (which lasts 40 days, ending promptly on Easter Sunday). So far, I’ve come up with the following:
- People. People can be annoying and exhausting. What if I took a 40 day break from people?
- School (also annoying and exhausting). Did you guys know I’ve never been out of school? Mom dumped me in a nursery at 2, less than a week after my high school graduation I started college, and I’m now on my 3rd degree! Can I get a break?
- Bills. No explanation necessary.
Suggestions from the Peanut Gallery:
- Little Brother- Sugar. “Sugar is a common challenge for people.”
- Mom- Cheese. “Because you love cheese and it’s supposed to be a sacrifice.”
- Husband- “Real Housewives Franchises.” Seriously dude? The whole franchise?! “It’s an appropriate sacrifice and it’s something you would miss.”
“Happy Mardi Gras Bi@$hes”
- Grandparents- “ALCOHOL!” Do they mean rubbing alcohol or alcoholic beverages? They didn’t specify…
What do you think? I have less than 24 hours to decide, yikes!