Perry A. Snyder says, “On Election Day, grandson Anderson, 5, learned that one of his classmates had gone into the voting booth with his mother and helped her vote.

“He was crestfallen — alas, his parents had voted without his help, much less his counsel.

“Arriving home from school that day, he shared his disappointment with his parents, who assured the lad he could help them vote in the December runoff.

“As he’s seen countless political ads on TV, his mother thought he might have a preference as to Louisiana’s U.S. senator, so she asked him for whom he would like them to vote.

”Without hesitation, he said, ‘George Washington.’

“If only”

Their special day

Michael Mann has thoughts about Veterans’ Day:

“There will be a few parades on TV, if at all;

“Some banks, offices and schools will close — but no stores;

“Any concerts, special events or ceremonies will go largely unnoticed;

“Most people, in fact, will pass this day without note;

“And that’s probably how they would want it...they are veterans.

“They served and serve mostly without notice, notoriety or celebrity, but with honor and dignity.

“Most never saw nor see themselves as heroes or especially courageous. Most don’t believe they did anything special, but simply the job they willingly agreed to do.

“Their ‘day’ is not considered a major holiday, yet it should be — thanks to them all.”

Honor the uniform

Here’s a note that’s appropriate for Veterans’ Day:

U.S. Navy Capt. John Mosier, of Pensacola, Florida, says, “On Nov. 6 I was enjoying lunch at Sammy’s Grill in Baton Rouge with several midshipmen and staff members from the Naval ROTC Unit at Southern University. Many of us were in Navy uniform.

“I want to express my heartfelt thanks, on behalf of our group, to the anonymous patron who purchased our lunch.

“For the past 2-and-a-half years my duties included traveling to college towns all over the country, and frequently dining with midshipmen in uniform.

“This is the first time a fellow American has done such a wonderful thing.”

False alarm

Michael DeFelice, of Zachary, has a post-Halloween ghost story:

“My father, born and raised on lower Bayou Lafourche, always told us that ghost stories kept people close to home at night.

“One evening his mother sent my father, about 12 years old, and his younger brother on an errand to a relative’s house.

“On his return trip, he noticed a white object ‘floating’ near the bayou bank.

“Hoisting his brother on his shoulder, he ran home.

“The next day he discovered a white horse grazing along the bank, raising his head up and down at intervals to view the passing traffic. The ‘ghost’ was thus unmasked.”

Good Samaritan Dept.

A reader says, “My granddaughter and I were struggling to move her sectional sofa from her living room to the truck.

“There was no way I could lift this heavy sofa over the side of the truck. I was thinking of putting it by the side of the street and buying a new one.

“Then here comes a handsome, strong and kind-hearted man, Gerard Stewart (hope I spelling it correctly), who works for Entergy.

“He stopped his work to help, rearranging the sofa and tying it securely — made my day.”

Special People Dept.

Eula Domingue Richard, of Lafayette, celebrates her 100th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 11. A native of Scott, she moved from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, living there more than 20 years before returning to Lafayette.

On Monday, Nov. 10, Joe Amorello Jr., a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, celebrated his 95th birthday.

Alta Stutzman, of Fort Adams, Mississippi, now in St. Francisville, celebrated her 95th birthday Saturday, Nov. 8.

Zola M. Roberson celebrated her 94th birthday on Monday, Nov. 10.

Georgie C. Ruano, of Metairie, celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 9.

Helen and Edgar Edward celebrated their 58th anniversary on Nov. 2.

That sagging feeling

Thomas Murrel, of Church Point, says after extensive dental surgery and a soft diet, he lost 10 pounds:

“Now my clothes fit a lot better, except for a couple of pairs of my favorite old shorts that I love to wear while working in the yard.

“A few weeks back, I went to a local store. A sign on the front door greeted me: ‘IF YOU ARE WEARING SAGGY PANTS, DON’T COME IN HERE.’

“I quickly grabbed my pants’ waist with my left hand as I opened the door with my right.

“A young man I have known since he was a kid stared at me. ‘Mr. Tommy,’ he cried, ‘what in the world are you doing?’

“‘Look,’ I answered, ‘I don’t want to cause any trouble here. I just want some ant poison.’

“‘When I left 10 minutes later, they were still laughing.”

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