Congratulations to Catahoula’s own Howard and Christopher Theriot, winners of the father/son look-alike contest. Mais sa c’est something!
Mais chers, are you all paying attention to the blooming crape myrtles and all of these different colors? Beautiful! Azaleas are pretty but when the rains come, they break away. The crape myrtles are taller and fly easily in the breeze and do last longer. The drought did not prevent their blooms.
Father Chanh reminds us of the upcoming Atchafalaya Basin Festival Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson. It is an all-day event offering old-fashioned fun for the entire family.
Again this year, Jackie Edgar Ford has generously donated a 2008 Ford 150 pickup truck that is being raffled for $5 per chance. You can buy your tickets now and up to the day of the festival by calling Gary Simon at 228-2352. The winner’s name will be announced the day of the festival and proceeds will go to Our Lady of Mercy Church in Henderson.
I was fueling up along side Jerry “Doggay” Bernard at Hebert’s last week and he kiddingly asked me if I was going pick cotton because I was wearing a straw hat. I told him my cotton-picking days were over a long time ago. He started telling about their house with the holes in the walls, floors and alongside the windows, and the farm owner collected a third of what little money their crops brought in every year. It reminded me of the way that life was for many of us. He said his cotton-picking days ended when he was able to make his getaway from there and go in the oil field when he was about 14.
I take advantage of Hebert’s two free hotdogs offer for a 10-gallon purchase and I pass those to my grandkids.
I guess the snakes will once again be looking for higher ground when the flood waters will again flow down the mighty Mississippi and into the Atchafalaya Basin from the Midwest floods. Man can spend billions to build levees and dams and channels, redirect waterways, move the earth with mighty machinery, but Mother Nature prevails. She proves she is more powerful and eventually she can reconstruct or revise her lands and rivers to the old ones or make new ones. We must live with nature, not it with us.
Sad as life is sometimes, there is always a silver lining. A couple of weeks ago I met Penny Savoy at Breaux Bridge Elementary where she picks up her grandson and I my granddaughter who are going to summer school to make up for a LEAP test. We had backed up our vehicles across the street from the school and I saw her reading The Teche News. I hollered to her from my van asking if she’d read my column yet, and she sadly replied no she was instead reading about her beautiful 38-year-old daughter Missie’s first year death anniversary. That reminder was painful and sad for this mother. She said that she and her husband, Wayne, who is retired from 20 years with the National Guard, are raising her two grandchildren Austin and Melissa. They are parents once more.
Here’s another review from a reader of “Poor Man’s Provence.” Blair Douglas from Scotland wrote: “I was going to try and e-mail Rheta and congratulate her on her book. It’s really good to read the ‘real’ story about true Cajuns rather than the usual tourist garbage!”
Thank you Blair! I am reading her book for the second time and enjoying it better. Rheta wrote a nine-page chapter about me. Call me, 228-1714, for info about the book purchase.
All of those who planted gardens this year plus friends and relatives are reaping the fruits of their labor about this time. Sis Albert shared her home-grown corn and potatoes with me. C’est bon chere.
Meet me at Petit Paris au Français avec un conte.
Amitié a tout,
Contact Helen Boudreaux, the Teche News’ Butte La Rose area correspondent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.