Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Retro Wednesday.....

As I have mentioned before, I was raised by my Grandparents.
My Grandmother was a devout Catholic, My Grandfather was
a decent, humble, hard working factory worker. He was friends
with our parish priest, cooked the fish-frys on Friday evenings, called
Bingo on Saturday nights, but refused to attend Mass. He detested
organized religion, but NEVER ever talked bad about the church.
But one day out of the year, he inserted his little barb of wit that has
stuck with me to this day. When we came home from Mass on
Ash Wednesday, we all wore our "Badge" of devotion in the middle
of our foreheads. Upon seeing this, he would smile to himself and recite
the only poem that he ever spoke aloud. Now he knew what the priest
spoke as he made the sign on each parishiner's forehead, so this was his
little take on the whole thing...

"Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust.
If it weren't for your Ass-Hole
Your belly would bust"....

That was our family's kick off to Lent. Is it any wonder why I am who I am?


Anonymous said...

I just love that you are who you are!

Fireblossom said...

NOW look what you did. You post this and the freaking Pope quits! :-)

Other Mary said...

Hahaha - I don't know what's funnier, your poem or Shay's comment!

brandi said...

Lord Have Mer er ceeee...
Ahhhhhh mehhhhhhhnnnnn...

I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy many years ago. Our Lent starts at the end of the month. But I love seeing the ashes on people.
Did you go to church today, G?
I am sorry to hear about the Pope resigning. I thought he was a good pope. He called a spade a spade, and a heretic a heretic. Gotta love the balls in that in this politically correct age. I suspect it was the Kraut in him, John Paul was more of a don'trocktheboat kind of pope. Meh.

lime said...

i like the sound of your grandfather.and yes, it does explain you a a good way. ;)

as for me, i was raised by an atheist and a unitarian but in an area where there weren't a lot of catholics. i never saw folks with the ashes on their heads until i was in college. the first one i saw i pointed out they had dirt on their face. i was looked at like i had three heads....then i noticed the others and someone explained it to me. duh.

Margaret said...

I ADORE this.

Ha Ha Fireblossom!

I loved PJP II and have deep respect for Pope B. I'm not the best Catholic lately, but I try.

Love the sound of both your grandparents.