do you observe Lent? In what way? Are you Catholic?
I am an unabashed cafeteria-style spiritualist (yes okra please) and this year I am observing Lent in small ways (although no Ash Wednesday visit to Church or penitent grey dust on my forehead), my reasoning being the following: I have celebrated Mardi Gras in one way or another every year of my life, so it is only right to include Lent.
My parents were Sunday Protestants (er, that was after they were Sunday Unitarians) and I still remember asking them as a child – since I had many Catholic schoolmates – if we, too, gave things up for Lent. I recall my mother saying with some aspersion, “Only Catholics do that,” and so for years I bore the distinct impression that this practice of “giving up” things or habits “for Lent” was in fact rather flamboyant. LOL ! Leave it to the Protestants. (who eschewed interior design yet preserved such grand old traditions as burning people at the stake in a public square)