SOLSC Day 4
It is extremely late this year but Lent is beginning. Today is the first day of Lent. I know traditionally Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which is two days from now, but I am a Byzantine as opposed to Roman Rite catholic.
As a kid I sometimes resented being Byzantine instead of Roman. Not because I would have had two more days until Lent began. That didn’t bother me.
I didn’t mind the meatless Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent. Meatless Fridays were mandatory; meatless Wednesdays were optional. I like fish so I didn’t mind two days a week with no meat.
Even fasting on the first day of Lent wasn’t too bad. I could handle that. What I didn’t like was that besides being a meatless day, on the first day of Lent we also abstained from all dairy products. No milk. So much for cereal for breakfast. No bread. There goes sandwiches for lunch. No eggs. There goes another good breakfast staple. No butter…oh my!
Oatmeal was acceptable, but I don’t like oatmeal. It is wall paper paste. The only way I can get it down is smothered in sugar and swimming in milk. I can’t have milk. Non-dairy creamers just don’t do it for me.
Now that I am beyond a certain age I no longer have to keep that strict abstinence. However, I still do keep it. I still have oatmeal for breakfast. I have found that with some sugar and dried cranberries I can eat it and enjoy it. Dinner consists of raw fried potatoes, salmon, and zucchini. Since the potatoes are fried in Crisco they are legal.
I no longer complain about being Byzantine. I am proud of my heritage and don’t mind sharing our customs with anyone who asks.