As you know, yesterday was Fat Tuesday. It’s a day to have fun before we enter the more solemn period of Lent, where we focus on removing the things that draw us away from God.
Traditionally, we eat pancakes on Fat Tuesday. Pancakes use sugar, fat, flour, and eggs, which were traditionally restricted during Lent, so this was a time to get rid of these ingredients if you had them on hand.
However, I didn’t feel like pancakes this Tuesday, so Little Miss and I decided to indulge elsewhere. I’m so glad we did! We headed to Dolce, a relatively new shop downtown that serves gelato, coffee, chocolates, and wine.
I had heard that they had a King Cake gelato, so we wanted to go try it out. I figured a serving of yummy ice cream is better than buying an entire King Cake! I’m so glad we did, the gelato was absolutely wonderful!
There was cinnamon, and bits of cake, and sprinkles – it was truly decadent! I’m so glad Little Miss was there to help me eat it. I know that she’ll be eager to had back again, this was truly the best ice cream I’ve had in a long time.
Afterwards we took a walk downtown and saw all of the floats getting ready for the Priscuss Procession. That’s when they close off the streets downtown and people go from bar to bar (and float to float) to get all of their partying done before Ash Wednesday. We left well before the party started, but we did get to see a few of the floats. Little Miss even got to sit on the Seville fire truck that was decorated for Mardi Gras.
Then it was time to head home. This Ash Wednesday, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what I want to focus on for Lent. I used to always give something up, as a sort of fast, but through the years it’s become more important to me to add something rather than to take away.
This article really hit home to me this year. Whether you are religious are not, I think you’ll find it’s a great article. How many times do I hurt others just because I don’t think through my actions? His list of things he has done hit me hard – other than the eating meat, I was guilty of all of these things. Sometimes inaction is much worse than action. So during this season of Lent I hope to enjoy the time with my daughter more, limit the distractions of television and social media, and focus on those around me. I hope you enjoy this prayer that is at the bottom of the article. It will be my focus for the next 40 days!
O God, we pray with ashes filling our hearts today for the overflowing sorrow of the world, a deafening sound we cannot, or chose not, to hear. Bend our ears to the cries of our neighbors, the ones living down the street and the ones living continents away. Strengthen our feet to move in the direction of justice, compassion and equality, even if it is a stumble. Quicken our hearts and quicken our pace that we may love others, and thus, love you.