“It’s Ash Wednesday next week, what do you give up?” I asked a friend.
“Sarsaparilla,” he answered, without a moment’s hesitation. “I never touch Sarsaparilla during Lent.”
Not being sure what Sarsaparilla was, I made a lucky guess. “Is that like me giving up Irn Bru or Dandelion & Burdock?”
“Exactly,” he said, “stay away from the things that you don’t drink.”
Lent is often like that, people give up alcohol or chocolate or Facebook. Sometimes, I suspect the abstinence demands no more sacrifice than the soft drinks not drunk by …