Nobey Benoit addresses a recent column topic:

"I remember filé in baby food jars being sold in Thibodaux. A little old lady (I think her name was 'LeeNah'), walked to town every week and sold those jars of filé.

"She also sold yard eggs. My friend, Mr. Guy, bought a dozen from her every week.

"He told me that one time she didn't show, so he walked across the street to Boudreaux's Grocery and bought a dozen eggs there.

"He told Mr. Boudreaux that although her eggs cost a dollar more, he'd rather have yard eggs, so he usually bought from her.

"They both laughed when Mr. Boudreaux told him that LeeNah bought her eggs from him. Shrewd business lady."

Which reminds me

Years ago, when I did public relations for Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, I got to travel the state and get to know some of the state's best farmers — and some memorable characters.

At gatherings of the organization's leaders, there was one farmer who always got kidded about his alleged business model.

He grew vegetables in the New Orleans area, and sold them to city folks from a roadside stand.

The story was that when he ran short of his own produce, he would buy veggies from the local supermarket and put them out for sale at double the price.

He'd leave his Cadillac at home, and show up at his stand in a battered old pickup. He'd wear faded overalls and a shabby straw hat, looking like Old MacDonald.

The city slickers stood in line to make him rich.

How hot is it?

Here's an egg story, and a weather report, from Harvey "Big Harv" Pashibin, of "Upper Lafayette:"

"If you’ve ever raised chickens, you already know they curtail their egg-laying during excessive heat.

"I’m proud of my flock, because they continue to lay, even during our recent heat wave.

"Only problem is…they are laying their eggs already boiled."

Save the ducks

Linda Dalferes tells of a caring gent:

"My son, who is rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Houma, tells me that the whistling tree ducks are back in the beautiful oak near his office.

"Made me recall the time he sent me a picture of this burly construction worker in a hard hat patiently standing under that tree catching the ducklings as they jumped out one by one, and carrying them safely to the ground.

"The church had burned to the ground the year before, and this fellow was helping with the rebuilding — and saving ducks. What a guy!"

Go with the flow

Oneal Isaac, who grew up on the West Bank of New Orleans, addresses the discussion of a western bank of the Mississippi River that appears to be on the east:

"Here is the easiest way to remember: If you are on the river bank looking at the Mississippi River and the river is moving from your left to your right, you are on the west bank. If the water is moving from your right to your left, you are on the east bank!"

Special People Dept.

  • Eula Mae Robinson, of Liberty, Mississippi, celebrates her 97th birthday on Friday, May 18.
  • Herman “Tip” Torres, of Donaldsonville, celebrates his 96th birthday on Friday, May 18. He is a World War II veteran.
  • Bill Shaffer celebrates his 94th birthday on Friday, May 18.
  • Curtis Mitchel celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday, May 12.

True confessions

Algie Petrere says, "This is one of Ronald Reagan's many quotes: 'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards. If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'

"I wondered why there were so many politicians writing books," Algie adds.

Littlest music critic

Yogi Naquin, of Gray, adds to our singing mishaps file:

"One Sunday we were at St. Louis Catholic Church in Bayou Blue.

"We were singing the entrance hymn when my granddaughter, Adelaide, who was 5 at the time, tapped me on my arm and said, 'Pawpaw Yogi, shhhh, please don't sing. It sounds bad.'

"Gotta love her…"

Louisiana Haiku

Pop-up shower days

Steamy afternoons the norm

Life in the tropics      

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