The majority of Catholics don’t exactly share my sentiments about Lent. We generally have childhood memories of cheese pizzas and mac & cheese on Friday nights (or, as with our house, orange roughey or tuna). We remember somber days, going to Stations of the Cross, venerating the Cross and extra long Palm Sunday Masses.
My most vivid Lent memory from childhood was the hardcore parental move of NO TV for all 6 weeks of Lent. Yup, all of it, including Sundays. I don’t know how my parents didn’t go nuts with us 5 kids and all our “boredom.”