Memento, homo, quia pulvis est . . . Remember, Man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return . . .
Tuesday was Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday.
Which means that yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of the forty days of Lent.
Which means you'll see otherwise serious people strolling bout with smudges of ash on their foreheads, and much talk of penance and Giving Things Up.
I like to play along, at times, so most years I give up my relatives for Lent.
This year, though, I think I'll give up something I actually like, so I'll give up beef liver for Lent.
Ahh, beef liver, cut into thick steaks, washed and soaked in milk to kill the strong taste, then dredged in a light dusting of flour and sauteed in rendered bacon fat, then served with crisp bacon and caramelized onions . . .
Sorry. I digress.
What might you give up for Lent this year?