"You have to love the simplicity of heart of 3-year-olds," says Gail Stephenson, of Baton Rouge.

"When asked what she wanted for Christmas, granddaughter Zelda gave this list: 'Bubbles for my bath, walnuts, a nutcracker, a bag of oranges, and puppy toys.'

"She doesn’t have a real dog because of allergies, but she loves them. She explained that she didn’t want toy puppies — she wanted toys FOR puppies that she could give as gifts to any dogs she sees."

The wedding crashers

Francis Celino, The Metairie Miscreant, says, "The recent articles in your column about going to the wrong place reminds me of a wedding reception uniting two prominent New Orleans families back in the '50s.

"The reception was held in the huge International Room of the Roosevelt Hotel. There was a convention in town that had registration in the lobby adjacent to the reception.

"Many people registered and then entered the reception, thinking it was part of the convention.'

"There were many people who, upon sighting the bridal couple, hastily put down their libations and made a quick bolt for the door. (My parents and I were invited guests.)"

After the fall

Alma Mims, of Mandeville, and Eileen M. were the first of several readers to notice that the "Ask the Doctors" feature in the Tuesday Advocate's "Eat Play Live" section dealt with a gent who busted his shoulder by falling out of bed while dreaming about playing basketball.

Since I had something similar happen to me last month, they wondered if perhaps I had been dreaming of some type of athletic activity when I fell.

No, I was wide awake when it happened — clumsiness is my only excuse.

Also, the doctors said a person with the kind of sleep disorder they were discussing "literally engages in the physical activities of the dream."

And regarding physical activities — it ain't me, babe…

Thought for the Day

From Marvin Borgmeyer: "It's better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction."

Special People Dept.

  • Coach C.B. Wheat celebrates his 100th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs. His Live Oak High School basketball teams posted a stellar 306-56 record from 1948 to 1956, winning the state Class B championship in 1956.
  • Bessie Labat, of Des Allemands, celebrates her 98th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Scary gift

Tim Fabre tells this Christmas story:

"When asked what the wise men brought to baby Jesus, last night in a children's group at church one young man said, 'Gold, Frankenstein and some other stuff.'

"You have to love them."

A moving tale

After our Friday snowfall, Algie Petrere was the first of several readers to dig up this old story. There are many versions; I like this one, featuring two old friends of ours:

Once Boudreaux and Thibodeaux both took jobs up north, the first time they had experienced the weather up there.

One day Boudreaux called his buddy and said, "Tib, I have a problem. The other day I heard the radio announcer say, 'We're going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street today, so the snow plows can get through.'

"So I went out and parked my car that way.

"A week later the radio announcer said, 'We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street today, so the snow plows can get through.'

"I went out and parked my car like he said.

"But today the announcer says, 'We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park…' Then my power went off and I didn't hear the rest of it. Which side of the street do I need to park on today so the snowplows can get through?"

Thibodeaux thought about it for a moment, then replied, "Well, Boo, why don't you just leave the car in the garage this time…"

Louisiana Haiku

Back home for Christmas

Music of fiddle, squeezebox

A Cajun welcome

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0371 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Follow Smiley Anders on Twitter, @SmileyAndersAdv.