Lent may keep more than your spirit lean
Lay of the land
Plenty of practising Catholics in this country town follow Lent to the letter, much as my grandfather once did. That devout Dubliner was so fastidious about fasting that he used to weigh his food, ensuring meals were in miserable but pious portions.
But even lapsed Catholics and atheists also abstain during Lent, viewing the spiritual season as a second chance at neglected New Year resolutions. Often they ditch alcohol and smoking, leaving it to children to sacrifice sweet treats. But just as not only juveniles need to ditch the junk food, judging by all the overweight adults ambling about, our fellow creatures can also become chubby.
Like Little Flying Fauntleroy, the former fancy pigeon who is now positively portly, thanks to all the food that his featherless friends fed him over winter to ensure his survival. Apparently, the plump as well as plummy pigeon now prefers waiting on the wall for meals to materialise to exercising his wings. If this keeps up, we may have to rename him Little Fat Fauntleroy.