It started with vocational speaker Mike McBride.
McBride talked about how he became a member of the Crowley Rotary. During his talk, McBride went over the many jobs he has had over the years.
At one point a fellow club member told McBride he “can’t keep a job” which led to McBride and the entire club laughing.
On a more serious note, McBride spoke of the joys in his life.
“I have a good time and I have a good family,” he said. “People can’t believe how big this club is and how much we do. A lot of which isn’t publicized.”
One of the many projects the Crowley Club is currently working on is the Welcome House.
The laughter was far from over once McBride left the podium, however.
Crowley native, Bridget Edwards Boustany, gave her perspective of her life as a wife of a U.S. Representative.
And as she was quick to point out, “Yes those Edwards ... and those Boustanys.”
Boustany gave insight on her everyday life while sharing a few laughs with the club along the way.
She discussed that it is likely because of how she grew up with the “characters” she grew up with that have helped make life as a Congressional wife a smooth transition.
It is in those stories that Boustany’s sense of humor and pleasant demeanor shows brightest. She openly jokes about the things that have and continue to happen in her life.
“My son the other day said something about thinking that he would get favoritism if he applied and got a certain job,” she said. “I laughed and told him ‘good luck with that’.”
Boustany pointed out, though, that every Congressional spouse is a little different, venturing to guess that there were some that had similar lives to her’s and some that were vastly different.
In the case of the Boustanys, her husband comes home just about every weekend he can. However, there are about four to five weekends each year that she flies over to Washington, D.C., to spend a few days up there. Most of her time, though, is spent in the family’s Lafayette home, living a self-proclaimed quiet and boring life.
Boustany says, it is on those weekends that Capitol Hill is the quietest and it allows both of them to have a mini-vacation.
The house the Boustanys rent in Washington, D.C., is one block away from the Capitol Building. She said that the sights there are beautiful.
“If you haven’t been to D.C., go in the fall when it’s cooler and go to the museums,” she said. “You’ll never run out of things to do no matter what age you are.”
She also talked about one of the biggest issues in the state today, the Gulf oil disaster.
“It’s the first time I can remember that an entire state of delegates, from both sides of the aisle, agree on one cause,” she said.
“The moratorium also is the most fired up I’ve seen [Charles] since [Hurricane] Rita.”
The club asked how she keeps him in touch with the people of the Acadiana area.
“I keep him real every chance I get,” she said with a laugh. “We talk at least once a day.”
One club member asked if her husband had any Senatorial aspirations.
“I can’t answer for him, but I do know that he enjoys his work in the House,” she said.
Boustany went on about her husband saying “he is an honest and good man.”
The Crowley Rotary Club announced at the end of the meeting that they were going to be nominating a children’s book to the Acadia Parish Library in Crowley in appreciation of Boustany speaking at the club’s meeting.