When I was growing up, I had not even the faintest idea of what Lent was. If you had asked me, I would have told you “Lent” was the fuzz that gets trapped in the dryer. It’s not that I wasn’t raised in a Christian home—I was—or that my church didn’t observe Lent—it did. The problem, I think, came from the timing of Lent. I mean really, how on earth is a child supposed to think about fasting a mere month and a half after Christmas? By February, most kids are still coming down from the present-induced ecstasy of December. God bless those ancient Christians, but I’m not sure they designed the calendar with consumeristic elementary school children in mind!