So being the goober I tend to be at times, I had some students w/ something dark on their foreheads. Thinking I was being nice, I tried to let them know so they wouldn't be embarrassed. I forgot where I live and with whom I love amongst. It is Ash Wednesday and they are Catholic or from some Protestant tradition that celebrates it. I was the embarrassed one! BTW... I sorta like what Ash Wed. represents: starting Lent and the 40 days of Jesus in the wilderness, it being 46 days until Easter but not counting the 6 sabbaths in between... I wish protestants were more figural. I feel we have lost so much because we undervalue symbolism or the mysterious/mystical thing that is part of the spiritual.