… but instead there was joy and festivity,
killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
eating meat and drinking wine.
“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”
Or, more hopefully, we will not die, but will live … to observe Ash Wednesday, which will remind us of our mortality, and to head into Lent with our faces and our lives turned toward a different source of satisfaction.
Above: Paczki piled high for sale in Poland.