First Sunday in Lent
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
As the boys were walking to school, one of them turns to another and says, "I asked my old man about sticking your tongue to metal light poles in winter and he says it'll freeze right to the pole just like I told you." The other boy replies, "Ahh, baloney. What would your old man know about anything?" Later that day, in the schoolyard at recess, we find the boys around a flag pole. A crowd had gathered around them at this point. The first boy looks at the second and dares, double-dares, and double dog-dares him to put his tongue to the pole. The third boy who was walking to school that morning, via adult narration, tells of the progression of dares in his childhood. Suddenly, the first boy skips the all-important triple-dare and goes for the coup de grâce triple dog-daring the second, creating a slight breach of etiquette. Surely, we recognize this scene from A Christmas Story. Flick sticks his tongue to the pole and ends up "thtuck, thtuck, thtuck!"
Recess ends and the crowd returns to their classrooms because, well, "the bell rang."