J does not take us to New Orleans any more for Mardi Gras. I kind of feel like, "Been There Done That". I don't miss it like the locals would after leaving. We do try to acknowledge that we are about the entire into a more prayerful time, one that includes a little sacrifice.
And then ended with most of us going out to eat together. Dad was out of town but the rest of us enjoyed a little indulgence before the season of offerings.
I share this because it really made me giggle. As a life long Catholic I have been to many an Ash Wednesday Mass. Ashes are always a discussion after Mass. Have a good LENT!