I’ve had a couple of moments in supermarkets recently where i’ve wondered what the world is coming to (and also, in the next thought, how old i am exactly these days and at what point will i turn into my Nana?)
I make some attempt, blogged variously over the years, to make sure my children are familiar with the reasons behind the various festivals we indulge in; we discussed Pancake Day when it came up and went through the various bits of Lent, Shove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, meanings of 40 days and so on. I know i knew all about Lent in my very Christian Junior School, we all used to try and give something up just for the sake of it really.
However, i laughed out loud (more eccentric woman looks) as i walked through Sainsbury’s and passed 2 heavily veiled, top to toe in black Muslim women, just as one exclaimed “OOOOOH! Pancake Day!!!!”
Well, at least it isn’t just the white quasi-Christians doing it then.
Today, i was stood next to someone in the queue, getting the normal “Oh, i bet you’ll be glad when this lot are back at school” remark and she suddenly said “I don’t know why they’ve made Easter so early this year, it’s just ridiculous!” I thought, shall i point out that it is a movable festival determined by The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox.Â or shall i not bother?
“I know,” i replied, “This government just doesn’t know what it’s doing anymore…..”