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Throughout the world, Ash Wednesday is a date known by Christians to fall forty working days before Easter Sunday. It symbolises the start of Lent - a period of forty days in the run-up to Easter in which Christians have traditionally shown abstinence from their vices, whatever they may be. Since I was small, Lent has always been the only forty days of the year when I have not consumed chocolate daily with impressive dedication. Therefore, the day before Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday, is my last opportunity to munch down as many high-quality cocoa solids as humanly possible before the fast begins! This is the whole idea of the Barcelona Carnival, Mardi Gras or Carnestoltes - whatever you may choose to call it. It is one last blowout party before the period of suffering and will-power or lack of it begins.
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I decided to do the mormon thing and just not think about it too much right now. I explained to her that from my perspective, if a religious person does something good, you can't trust them because they're doing it for the wrong reasons: When an atheist does something good, you know they're not doing it for any reason other than to help someone else. I have a fairly business profession, but a lot of other stuff going on most weeknights. Can you live your whole life with a husband you doesnt or never will believe in the mormon church. I hate to be so undiplomatic, but it will always create friction in your life to have this level of religious difference. I can't take it. At what age do you baptize. When you try to explain to them why the church would not publish said info on their own website they get mad at you and tell you you're ignorant. And so, I always have to think about my son when I have to travel or have other work commitments. That is the shit storm on the road ahead of you.
And occasionally I have queried the wisdom of that choice. Actually, Mormon families are shrinking, just like those outside the Church, but they will always be larger than families outside Mormondom. He was home alone on his one day off while I took off with our kids to visit family states away. We learn sooooooo much from each other.