Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fat Tuesday


There was a Fat Tuesday party planned for today at Gary's work place.  Something else came up.  The party was not canceled.  It was rescheduled.  For Thursday.


A few of my co-workers brought goodies to work today.  After all, it's Fat Tuesday.

I heard the DJ's on the radio wishing people a fabulous Fat Tuesday.

When I was growing up, I'd never heard of Fat Tuesday.  I had some awareness that Mardi Gras was going wild in New Orleans.  But nobody we knew lived it up prior to Lent.  (That might've had something to do with Lutherans not fasting like the Catholics.)  I don't know if it's a cultural difference because of living in a different state or living in a different decade now.  But Fat Tuesday sure is a bigger deal than it used to be.

What blew me away this week, though, was the utter lack of understanding as to what it IS.  People think it's a day to eat treats and get fat.  Hence, Fat Tuesday.

[head shaking in astonishment....]


  1. I am laughing so hard at this!! I lived in Louisiana for 9 years when I was in college and medical school.

  2. "People think it's a day to eat treats and get fat. Hence, Fat Tuesday."

    Wait - you mean that's not what it's about?!?!?! ;-)

    I agree, I didn't hear much about it growing up, but now it seems to be all over the news and internet. And whether that's because I'm an adult and hear things more than I did as a kid or if it really is a bigger deal, is hard to say.

  3. Catherine, ummm, you're laughing at me for being an unaware dingle-brain? :-)

    Or maybe you're just laughing at regional differences. Yes. Surely that must be it. Surely.