It's Carnival Time!

It is Mardi Gras time in Louisiana, and even though I have lived in Georgia for more than three decades, I always miss the mid-winter hoopla, a time to just party and play with wild abandon before lent, the forty days of serious penance and sobriety in preparation for the Easter season. Somehow, I have never adapted to the fact that here in the Peach State, it is just another Tuesday, marked with no fanfare, much less a parade. I often tried to make it an occasion when I taught high school. I may have brought a king cake to share with my colleagues or played jazz music as my students entered the classroom. Once, I handed out beads and trinkets, and I got a stern reprimand from administration

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