While I am certainly not religious, there is always something about Ash Wednesday that seems devoid of colour to me. Probably because Mardi Gras is one of the few holidays I purposely celebrate rather than celebrating because it is expected of me. But this year there’s another factor: today would have been the 76th birthday of my best friend’s mom. She lost a decades-long battle with cancer 13 years ago (that anniversary is coming up next week), and the world has been a decidedly darker place without her. She was that mom you saw on TV, opening her home and heart to her children’s stray friends (I lived there one summer, and I wasn’t the first), always with a hug or a word of encouragement when you needed it. But also a real person with faults she wasn’t afraid to claim as her own, although she worked to overcome them. I love you, Mom. Happy Birthday!

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