Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Miércoles de cenizas

I am such a dummy.

We have a bunch of Catholic staff members here on my campus. Each year on Ash Wednesday a huge group of our staff members go to the Spanish service before school and then come to work with ashes on their foreheads.

Being the non-Catholic and good friend that I am, I always forget what day it is and attempt to wipe off the dirty spot on my friends' foreheads. I am immediately reminded when the screaming comes "¡NOOOOOOO! Ay mujer hoy es miércoles de cenizas. ¿No te acuerdas?" Translation: NO! Today is Ash Wednesday - remember? dummy that I am, I forgot, again! Each year, I vow to remember to not try and rub the ashes off of anyone's foreheads - I always forget!!!

I will try to do better next year...


Melissa CookingDiva said...

JaJa...great story! Yes, it is amazing transformation, at least here in Panama. The previous days averyone went bananas in carnaval, and now they are off to a good start with the blessing of the ashes.
P.D. hope to read your report on the dulce de leche report you are going to prepare. Hmmm...Delicious!

oso said...

Yeah, I had to do some deep thinking when I saw what I thought was dirt on Cindylu's forehead on one of her flickr photos. Then it all clicked. With my freckles, I don't think anyone would even notice.

Teragram said...

That's ok. Here's my faux pas of recent note: Elderly subtitute teacher, Nina, wore a lovely bright red blouse on Valentine's Day. When I complimented her, she said it was a shame she only had one day a year to wear it. I told her she could wear it again at Christmas. Her response? "My Christmas colors are blue and white."

paz said...

Now, THAT is funny! jajaja!

Nebur said...

I think you need to go to cultural sensetivity training.

Julissa said...

LOL too funny...

cindylu said...

I thought people do that just to be mean.

MsAbcMom said...

Melissa -
Not feeling so well this weekend - when I make the Dulce de Leche treat I will definitely take pics.

Oso -
this is not the first time I have read you say something about your freckles - STOP! They are quite cute!

Teragram, Paz and Julissa-

While I am in sensitivity training you should go to spell check school:

CindyLu: Really, I wasn't trying to be mean! :-)