We thank our readers for the kind words and suggestions about what they would like to see in The Southside Advocate.
We received an email from Keith John Paul Horcasitas, a reader and social worker who lives in Brookhollow Glen subdivision.
Horcasitas is not looking forward to grass-cutting season but loves the way a freshly manicured lawn looks.
What he doesn’t enjoy or understand is those folks who insist on blowing their grass clippings into the street, where they clog drainage and become a nuisance to others.
As he prepares for the chore, Horcasitas ponders over what our lawn care routines say about ourselves.
“Looking at grass cutting and weed-whacking as an extension of your personality might be a stretch, but I can see how it applies to me, since I do have some Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tendencies. But as was noted in a book I read last year, ‘Better Than Normal — How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional,’ written by Lake Charles psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer, and reviewed then by The Advocate, we all have some basic tendencies associated with our personalities, so we’re bound to fall somewhere on a continuum of traits for normal behavior on a bell curve.’
Horcasitas said that as he dreams of not having to cut grass in the afterlife, he’s reminded of a famous saying in his field: “Neurotics build castles in the sky; psychotics live in them, and psychiatrists (and even social workers — added by me!) collect the rent! And I, like Forrest Gump, can also say, ‘My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates’ — or cutting the grass; you never know what you’re gonna get.’ ”
Happy grass cutting.
St. Michael reunions
St. Michael High School is preparing for several class reunions this summer.
Alumni celebrating their 10-year reunion are invited to attend a reunion and family day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 at the school.
Those celebrating a five-year reunion can attend festivities planned from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 19 at the school, and the 20-year reunion is set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19.
Family days include lunch, tours of the school and fun activities for children.
The gatherings will be held in the gym.
For more information, call Alumni Director Rebecca Landry at (225) 753-9782.
It’s summer camp time, and BREC is registering children for its Swamp Summer Camp at the Bluebonnet Swamp.
Several sessions are available for children ages 5 to 17.
The fee is $110 per session for East Baton Rouge Parish residents and $132 for out-of-parish residents.
Visit webtrac.brec.org to register for camps or call (225) 757-8905.