Ash Wednesday. Today begins the season of Lent. Typically when I was growing up in my mother’s very Catholic home it meant No-Meat-Fridays and “giving up” something you really really enjoyed. My mother “kept the fast” on Sundays. I was well into my 30s before someone told me we got a reprieve on Sundays and could, in fact, eat chocolate or drink beer — whatever said enjoyable something we had “given up” was.