853. No butter for Lent

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It was Ash Wednesday. Cecily never enjoyed Lent. Every year it was the same. Every year, for six weeks, she gave up butter. No butter on her toast in the mornings. No butter on her lunchtime sandwich. Cecily loved butter.

Giving up butter served two purposes: it was some personal sacrifice to make during Lent in the build-up to Easter, and it helped keep the weight down. It’s amazing how a mere six weeks without butter could work wonders with the waistline.

Cecily had eleven grandchildren. They were all coming on Easter Day for a celebration. And they did! What a lovely time! What a lovely day! Quite the loveliest way to celebrate Easter!

“And you know,” said Cecily to her eleven grandchildren, “the thing I most like about Easter Sunday is butter. I always give up butter for Lent.”

“What’s Lent?” they asked.

39 thoughts on “853. No butter for Lent

      1. Cynthia Jobin

        I know it’s Ash Wednesday and Lent starts today…Spring? We awoke to a snowstorm this morning….about 6 inches on top of the other numberless inches. Just now, at 2:30, the sun is shining brightly! Happy Spring to you, too, as you look forward to Fall 🙂

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      What gets me (oh pagan me) is not so much the lack of practise of religion as the ignorance. They are not allowed to be taught it, so 80% of Western Civilization (J.S. Bach included) has gone down the plughole!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      True – 25 years ago I used to market musicals to NZ Primary Schools. About 70-75% of the schools used to stage my musicals – usually for their end of year breakup concert. The most popular were the Nativity Plays. These days, you wouldn’t find a single one doing such a play – they can’t even sing “The animals went in two by two”! And at my last school one teacher had her class eat hotcross buns, but she had taken the crosses off!! It’s the ignorance the kids are subjected to that gets me! 🙂

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        1. Cynthia Jobin

          I’ve begun to notice that the holidays come and go, and the young don’t know what they’re about, whether religious or national-historical…they are all just long weekends and an excuse for reveling…actually a desperate and sad kind of reveling….drinking, a cookout, another gathering of phony hilarity and gossip….

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          1. Bruce Goodman Post author

            Yeah – I agree – I don’t think it’s because you’re “old” – it’s because you’re wise. Hillary when asked by a young person “Can we trust you?” replied with “Learn your history young man. My record is one of integrity”!!!!!!!

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                  1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                    It HAS to be either Kasich or Rubio (in my humble opinion). One thing is for certain; it MUST not be Clinton, but Sanders is (as a former NZ Prime Minister described a once Leader of the Opposition) a shiver looking for a spine to run up and down.

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                    1. Cynthia Jobin

                      I share your humble opinion, and either Rubio or Kasich could beat H. soundly. (I’m pretty sure “The Bern” will snuff out as we move along, unless we are living in even stupider times than I think we are.) And, of course, it could get really interesting if Hilary is forced to do “the perp walk” before all is said and done.

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  1. umashankar

    Children of the Facebook Era —times of 2 seconds of fame and the odd things going viral for 2 minutes— have long shed the baggage of old customs. Cecily is pretty smart however. It goes on to prove the olden ways were golden.

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