Thursday, March 02, 2006

Happy National Forehead Wound Day!

In my defense, there are no Catholics in Arkansas.
Or, apparently, anywhere else I've ever lived.
Also in my defense, I AM A MORON.
Yesterday there was a young woman in my store who had a large...mole? Bruise? In the middle of her forehead. I didn't want to stare so I couldn't figure out what it was. Shortly thereafter there was ANOTHER lady with a forehead bruise. Then, as I was eating lunch, I saw yet another...and so I said to my coworker, "What is this, National Forehead Wound Day? I've seen three women with massive bruises on their heads!"
Connie stared at me, frankly flabbergasted. Then she said,
"Jackie. It's Ash Wednesday."
Me: "I know! ...Oh. Wait, they put ASH on their heads?"
Umm. And then she sort of explained about the Mass and stuff. And then she asked, "Isn't your friend Joy OF WHOM YOU SPEAK ALL THE TIME a devout Catholic?"
Uh, yeah. She sort of is. But look, I worked on Ash Wednesday last year, and I saw NO forehead smudges. Nor the year before that. And I am BAPTIST and we're not that big on rituals.
Also? I AM A MORON.

5 comments:

neuroticmommy said...

There were Catholics, but they probaly didn't go to the ash Wednesday service because it was early morning or they just washed off there ashes before they went anywhere.

littlemissme said...

I'm sure there were Catholics, I was just exaggerating a little for comic effect. ;-)

neuroticmommy said...

I thought so, but I had a similar experience when I moved to Stillwater. On Ash Wednesday the local catholic church did a lunchtime Ashing, so after lunch there are tons of people walking around with the "forehead wound" I had gone to the 7am service and washed my ashes off before school because I had no idea how immensely fashionable it was to walk around with a "forehead wound"

littlemissme said...

According to my coworker, you're not supposed to wash it off, you're supposed to let it wear off, but maybe that differs amongst churches.

neuroticmommy said...

I'm sure she's right. I never asked if I was supposed to leave it on, I just didn't think about it. I think it makes sense to leave it on and just let it wear off. Now, we are baptists, so I don't have to "worry" :) about national forehead wound day anymore!