You Got a Little Something on Your Forehead!
I can't tell you how many times I have said that over the years, I never remember its Ash Wednesday, and I grew up with 'ashes'.
Don't feel silly if you ask someone what the black mark on their forehead is all ab0ut, they will be happy to share the information with you. (of course I say this as I do it nearly every year-ask that is-then again I am the one that will tell you your fly is down too)
The tradition of Ash Wednesday has been around practically since the beginning of time and is part of many lives. It is the beginning of Lent for those whom observe this long standing tradition and leads the way (the 40 day countdown) to a much more widely observed holiday/tradition: Easter.
Ash Wednesday, Lent and Easter are days and events that may or may not be celebrated by you and your family, but an obvious part of our community. I have seen at least two people with ash on their forehead and noticed that fish is on sale at nearly all grocery stores. (during Lent, either only on Fridays or throughout the entire 40 days, some that observe Lent will not eat meat-thus the fish sales)
Lent is also a weather-mark. Usually the thought of Easter brings thoughts of sunny afternoons and spring time. Soon the flowers will be in full bloom and I will have to put away my hoodies.
What ever your beliefs or your celebrations I hope that you are having a great Wednesday.