F.A. "Tony" Mouton, of Lafayette, was going through his late brother's papers when he came across a typed Valentine's Day poem he thinks his brother composed in typing class in the 1940s.
Tony says his brother, Scranton A. Mouton Jr., was "smart but not well liked."
Here's the poem. See if you can find a clue to Tony's remark about his brother:
"Orchids wouldn't fit somehow
Nor would gardenias do
To say exactly how I feel
Each time I think of you.
And so, I guess, I'll have to wait
For just that certain thing
And send you poison ivy
When it blossoms in the spring.
Annabelle Armstrong, of Baton Rouge, says, "My great-grandson Grayson, a preschooler, was really proud of himself for writing his name on my Valentine, signed by my North Carolina family.
"He then put an exclamation point, a smiley face and a period, denoting that he was adding 'an excited mark, a happy face and a period, for the end.'"
Very special delivery
Caren Orum, of San Francisco, says when she, husband Nick and children Alex, Audrey and Vivi visited the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador they found a mail delivery system dating back to whaling days:
"Ships would stop at Floreana Island's Post Office Bay. Sailors would leave letters in the Post Office Barrel, and would also go through the mail to see if there were any letters they could deliver on their way."
Caren said the kids put a post card in the barrel addressed to their grandparents, Jim and Diane Mayer of Baton Rouge, on Christmas Eve.
On Jan. 27 Kellie Bingle, a former Baton Rougean back in town for a class reunion, rang Jim and Diane's doorbell and delivered the post card to them. Kellie had been visiting the Galapagos, saw the card in the barrel and took it to give to the astonished Mayers.
Caren says you can read more about the delivery method at galapagosislands.com/blog/post-office-bay/
Robert Brugger, of Prairieville, says he was driving on Old Jefferson Highway "when some careless driver neglected to close his tailgate, dropping a slab of concrete which I couldn't avoid hitting.
"I pulled into the ISC Constructors parking lot to check the damage — a badly bent rim and a tire leaking badly.
"This 80-plus-year-old Army retiree found out that changing a tire isn't as easy as in the old Army days.
"While I was struggling somewhat to change the tire, Tony, an ISC employee, came by and asked if he could help.
"This young man not only changed my tire, he also pumped up my spare, which was low — all this during most of his lunch hour.
"I will be always be grateful to this kind young man and thankful for his good upbringing."
Special People Dept.
—Lillian Templet Bouchereau, of Donaldsonville, celebrates her 99th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 16. Her brother, Odon “KiKi” Templet, also of Donaldsonville, celebrates his 96th birthday on that same day.
—Sam and Ruby Bellina celebrate 70 years of marriage on Thursday, Feb. 16.
—Jerry and Paula King, of Gretna, celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sunday, Feb. 12.
Bloody good fishing
Ray Turner, who told of his days at Baton Rouge's City Abattoir and the escaped cow that visited a downtown dress shop, has another recollection of his time at the slaughterhouse:
"With my brothers, Glenn and Harold, I loved to set trot lines for catfish in the Comite and Amite rivers.
"I found that blood made a good bait for catfish. I would take a plastic paint bucket to the abattoir and have them catch some blood, to which I would add some corn meal and oil of anise.
"The corn meal helped the bait stay on the hook, and the anise has a very strong flavor which helped attract the fish.
"This is a very good bait, almost as good as catalpa worms. It helped us catch lots of catfish."
Her secret name
Sharon Spino Callahan, of Baker, says, "When I was born, one of my aunts immediately gave me a nickname. Thank goodness it never caught on with the rest of the family, but she never called me anything else.
"This caused embarrassment and explanations when I was in the Army Nurse Corps and received letters addressed to Lt. 'Pudgie' Spino!"