In England it's known as "Pancake Day" and you have pancakes for dinner. We try to do this with the kids every Shrove Tuesday, but we don't always partake of the Pancakes ourselves.
This Tuesday I was supposed to go to our annual HOA Homeowners meeting but decided at the last minute I really didn't want to go. It really worked out for the best because Rich was at work and it would have been a rush.
Anyway, we gave the kids pancakes for dinner and Josh, of course, wanted to know why it was "Pancake Day." So, I go into the speil about Christ in the desert for 40 days and Lent and Easter and everything.
I told him how often times people give up something for Lent in order to try and become a better person or to do something difficult for them.
Josh was very enthusiastic and decided he'd give up something for Lent.
"Mom," he said, "this is going to be REALLY hard, but I'll give up homework AND reading before bed time!"
Somehow, I think he missed the point!