Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fat Tuesday

Flour, a pinch of baking powder and sugar, eggs, milk . . . don't you just love the simplicity of a pancake? They're duly celebrated in Eric Carle's wonderful picture book and were piled on plates at church suppers everywhere on this evening before Lent begins: St. Mary's, St. John's, All Saints, Chapel of the Cross and Christ Church, to name a few we've known and loved. The constant is our Lenten rituals, traditions that imbue the season leading up to Easter with such meaning and significance. A golden stack of pancakes drenched in butter with a few slices of bacon, all swimming in maple syrup and washed down with an icy cold glass of milk. Breakfast for supper. Festivity and fun. On a school night. Ash Wednesday is tomorrow, the first of forty days of somber reflection. But tonight, pancakes.

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