So, my recalcitrant brother called to announce that he’s giving up two things for Lent–food during the day and smoking.
This is surprising for any number of reasons. One, we’re Methodists of the strain that doesn’t just not celebrate Lent but views Lent as like a second Christmas, where you get to run around mocking your Catholic friends–“Mmm, this Friday cheeseburger sure is good.” “Oh, yum, warm chocolate chip cookies. You didn’t give up chocolate for Lent did you? Such a shame.”
And since he’s still living down with the Klan, you know he didn’t discover that he’s secretly Catholic.
But he’s taking it seriously and, well, more power to him. It just goes to show you never can tell.