With school starting, this tidbit from Barbara Dupree is especially timely:

“When a student was constantly disruptive in class, instead of suspending him or her, a school in south Texas would require a parent to spend an entire day attending every class with that child.

“Quite an eye-opener for parents.”


Gary Anderson says, “I was glad to see that the Baton Rouge Police Department was enforcing the school zones on the first day of school.

“They had a school bus pulled over on North Boulevard at one of their speed traps.

“And no, I was not one of the lawbreakers.”

Nostalgia Corner

There’s a new Facebook feature called “You grew up in Baton Rouge if you remember …” where you can post things you recall about old Baton Rouge.

I was not surprised to find that Randy Wesley posted “Hopper’s on Scenic Highway.”

It was there that his dad, the late Bobby Wesley, a basketball star at Istrouma High, got his start in the food business.

I recall Bobby dishing up ice cream for those great shakes (my favorite was banana), constructing awesome po-boys and frying up chunky french fries that for some reason were called “cues,” as in curly-cues.

Bobby went on to run the Pastime Restaurant & Lounge, which has been feeding and watering (so to speak) me since I was a freshman at LSU.

Randy operates the Pastime now — but it all started at Hopper’s. …

All but the squeal

Doug Johnson, of Watson, says, “Mentions of scrapple and goetta remind me of discovering hog’s head cheese and blood sausage upon moving to Louisiana.

“It seems that every rural society (weren’t they all at one time?) has its recipe for using the last remnants of a butchered hog.

“Souse, similar to scrapple, was popular in Tennessee.

“Are there more?”

(Yeah, chitterlings. …)

You can’t win

Paula Trapani Bourg, of Ethel, says, “When I was 18 and skilled in operating a business machine, I was turned down when I applied for a job because I was too young and lacked experience.

“At age 40, the year I waved our youngest child off to the first grade, I was turned down when I applied for a similar job with 20 years’ experience — because I was too old.”

Poverty pie

Audrey F. Schilling has a “culinary surprise” story:

“During the late 1930s, my mom and her sister-in-law drove to Arkansas to spend a weekend with their husbands, who were working for Standard Oil on a pipeline project.

“They stopped at a small cafe and ordered a plate lunch and a dessert listed as ‘Eskimo pie,’ expecting something with ice cream.

“But no, it was a sliced slab of white corn bread with a filling and icing of heavy cane syrup.

“Being born, raised and married in St. Landry Parish, they had never seen white corn bread, let alone that type of pie.”

Worthy causes

Missy Higgins says a “Let’s Roll for Scott” carnival 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at West Feliciana Sports Park benefits Scott Sanchez.

Scott, of St. Francisville, was hurt in a biking accident in January.

Missy says Scott and his wife, who have two teenage sons, “have been very active in our community. We are trying to help them get a wheelchair, and possibly a van.”

The event includes hot air balloon rides, a gyroscope, bungee jump, inflatable rock wall, carnival games, face painting, silent auction, live music and more.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Bank of St. Francisville.

Devilish bugs

T-Bob Taylor, of Panama City, Fla., has this church story:

“The Sunday morning ‘children’s sermon was easy at first, until Pastor Jim asked the kids, ‘Is God ever wrong? Does God ever make mistakes?’

“Without blinking, one of the small girls shouted out, ‘Mosquitoes!’ ”

The funeral song

Hal W. Gould says, “Your story about the kindergarten teacher calling your mom reminded me of when my younger brother’s kindergarten teacher called our mom, laughing, and asked my mom to have David sing ‘A Tisket A Tasket’ for her.

“When my mom asked why, the teacher said, ‘You’ll see.’

“My brother, when asked, sang ‘A tisket, a casket. …’

“I guess our dad being coroner of West Feliciana Parish for all those years really messed us kids up a bit.”