Alternative title: Further proof that I am an idiot.
Setting: Jefferson Hall cafeteria, Ash Wednesday 1991, with my peeps from the 4th floor. We all sit down with our trays of food.
Me: Um, Lisa? You have some schmutz on your forehead.
Lisa: Silence waiting for me to laugh at my own joke.
Jen (who happens to be Jewish): You moron. It’s Ash Wednesday.
Once Lisa stopped laughing she explained it to me. 18 years later I still feel like an idiot and laugh at myself every Ash Wednesday. Hi Lisa, where ever you are!
I’m obviously not Catholic but I did grow up going to church. I even went to confirmation camp for a week so that I could bond with my confirmation class and memorize all of the relevant stuff I needed to know to be confirmed as a member of the church. But we United Church of Christ goers are apparently pretty liberal and far left from the Catholics because I had made it 19 years never hearing of having ashes on your forehead on Ash Wednesday. Even my Jewish pal knew about it. Yep, I do my momma proud.