>Growing up Catholic and going to 12 years of Catholic school, I had plenty of people to remind me back then of the various holy days of obligation (the ones lay Catholic are obliged to observe). Now I often don’t even know when Easter falls. But hey, it moves!
However, there’s one holy day I’ll never forget and that’s today, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (not a movable feast). And that’s because it’s *also* my brother Fast Fizzy’s birthday (which means he always had the day off from Catholic school, the bastard!). And it is *also* his only child’s birthday, who was born on his 40th birthday — nice present, eh?
So happy birthday to Fast Fizzy and Youngest Niece, who turn 55 and 15 respectively today!
Oh, yeah, and happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception, too, if you celebrate it.
(FYI for those of you not in the know, the feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the conception of *Mary*, the mother of God, not her conception of Jesus. Oh, and “immaculate” means unmarked, spotless [as in sinless] — not miraculous, though I suppose it has a touch of the miraculous. Still, that’s not the primary meaning. Just think of someone’s “immaculately clean” house. While the “immaculate reception” was a funny *sounding* sports pun, it actually made no sense whatsoever. I’m still trying to figure out how a reception could be spotless. I suppose, though, it could be clean in an additional metaphorical sense, but that’s not what they were trying to convey. Anyway, this bothers me almost as much as the misuse of “literally” and “aggravating,” for which, see below. Usually I’m not this pedantic, but for some reason these three things get to me. Oh, and the redundancy of “irregardless.” Shudder. That one was made worse by the fact that I once had a boss who used that ‘word’ about 10 times a day, usually to mean, “Stop talking — I don’t care what you have to say,” so he was both rude and redundant.)