Chet Siemion, of Denham Springs, tells this Easter story:

“Back a few decades ago, when our son John was barely more than a toddler, my wife Julie hid candy and dyed eggs throughout the house for Easter.

“When John got up, he scampered about the house picking up the goodies, accompanied by his faithful dog Mona.

“Julie was in the kitchen when Mona came in gently holding an egg in her teeth.

“She laid the egg carefully at Julie’s feet and sat down in front of her, looking up with a ‘Can I?’ expression.

“Julie had no choice but to shell and chop up the egg and present Mona with her prize.

“By the way, the shell had no bite marks or even a crack in it. She was one great dog!”

Medical inquiry

I love the way my readers think!

After a story in the Tuesday column about a lady who got a treble hook embedded in her arm while fishing, I heard from Thomas Winn with a question.

The story mentioned that she had to have the hook removed by her husband and their friend, who gave her 150 proof rum and limeade as an anesthetic during the painful procedure.

Thomas wants to know, “How much pain is involved in putting the hook in, so I can have your limeade with rum?”

Lethal dish?

This isn’t as much a “kitchen disaster” as a “storage disaster” ­(actually, a “potential storage disaster”):

Christy Ricketts, of Gonzales, says, “After my husband and I married, I thought I’d try one of the recipes given to us in a little recipe box — ‘potatoes au gratin’ sounded very exotic.

“I was pleased that my new husband enjoyed one of my first attempts at real cooking.

“So pleased, in fact, that I served him the same dish every night.

“When friends would stop by I’d say, ‘You have to try this. Albert loves it!’

“This went on about a week until my beloved, who was a chemistry major, found out that I was storing the dish on top of the stove — not in the refrigerator.

“We just celebrated our 42nd anniversary, and thankfully no one ever got sick from my cooking.

“But my exotic dish of potatoes au gratin is now referred to in our family as ‘potatoes au rotten!’”

Paying tribute

“What an honorable send-off for Mr. Josie Wells, the deputy U.S. marshal killed in Baton Rouge,” says Alma Mims.

“On the interstate in Mississippi, near the Biloxi/Gulfport area, it seemed 100 law enforcement vehicles, all with flashing lights, were traveling east.

“On a overpass there was a large fire truck with a lift bucket holding the American flag.

“That was so touching to see.”

Acadians arrive

Kathleen Sonnier Mier, of Zachary, tells of a re-enactment at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville of the arrival (after the Great Deportation) of the Saulnier/Sonnier family and the Guilbeau family on Bayou Teche. Day-long festivities will take place on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family members will ride in pirogues down the Teche at 1 p.m., and be greeted by a priest, an Attakapas Native American and members of other Acadian families.

Special People Dept.

John DeLatin celebrates his 99th birthday on Saturday, March 21, “with his buds at their usual coffee spot in Cortana Mall.”

Mildred Hopper celebrates her 94th birthday on Sunday, March 22.

Gabe Jumonville Sr. celebrates his 91st birthday on Friday, March 20. He was known as “Mr. J.” to his students when he taught in East Baton Rouge Parish schools. He is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Apollo, a submarine tender.

James “Jim” and Helen Marsh, of Baker, celebrate their 61st anniversary on Friday, March 20.

Silence, please

Ronnie Hotz, of Lafayette, aka “The Deposition King,” says some recent news stories “remind me of a criminal defense lawyer who has a large-mouth bass mounted on the wall in his waiting room, with a caption underneath that says, ‘I wouldn’t be here either if I would have kept my mouth shut.’”

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