Brisk salutations, warm rub-downs and chillsome greetings to you all on this particularly shiversome Shrovetide Tuesday. Yes that's right, it's pancake day, yes it's pancake day, it's p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-pancake day. Although sadly not for me. Unfortunately the old 5-2 diet doesn't allow for the usual obscene mountain of pancakes spread liberally with strawberry jam or lemon curd. Still I guess it could be one of those things that I give up for lent.
Of course 'Shrove Tuesday' comes
from the word 'shrive' which means 'to confess', people go through the
process of self-examination and consider what wrongs they need to repent
of. Well I must confess, I'm generally not very good at giving things
up. In fact my usual tack is to proudly claim that for lent I am going
to give up giving things up. Which I have to say is very similar to my
usual New Year Resolutions.
So how should one go about giving
up, giving things up? It could mean the opportunity to maybe start some
new addictive habits or start eating more chocolates, sweets and fatty
foods. Maybe start smoking a pipe!? I've never even tried smoking a pipe
myself, but I have always liked the look of it. You can make seemingly
intelligent and interesting points when you're holding a pipe. People
seem to pay more attention to what you're saying if you point the end of
your pipe at them when conveying your view. Then to show you've
finished bestowing your priceless knowledge upon them you just stick the
pipe back in your mouth and fold your arms. I mean who can argue with
someone whose just made a point with a pipe and folded their arms? It's
the end of the discussion surely.
Still, I'm sure there are far
more sensible people than me out there, people who choose this time of
year to try and make a positive alteration to their lives, even if it is
just until Easter. So weather you're going to give giving up a go, or
have a go at giving up giving things up, I wish you well in all your
endeavors, whatever they may be.