It’s time for our annual tradition — post-Thanksgiving memories from readers:

Fay Weilbaecher, of Covington, says, “As I was preparing our family Thanksgiving dinner, my 9-year-old grandson was sitting there asking many questions — why we do this, why we do that.

“I finally told him that since he was getting bigger, he should be the one to say grace on Thanksgiving Day.

“He looked scared and said he didn’t know what to say.

“I told him to just talk from his heart and say what he was grateful for.

“On Thanksgiving Day we sat down to eat and I told everyone that he would be saying grace this year.

“It started so beautifully — his big eyes looking around the table, and then he began.

“He said he was grateful for his dad, he was grateful for his family, and he was grateful for TOYS R US — amen!

“We are grateful that we were not last on his list.”

Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, says, “It is great to have the kids home for the holidays.

“It is the only time that we hear the sounds of cartoons on the TV in the den.

“Oh! Maybe you don’t know I don’t have grandchildren — my 30-year-old was watching the cartoons.

“It was nostalgic to remember when my guys were little people.”

Jackie Upton says, “At Thanksgiving with the family I noticed a 5-year-old totally absorbed in a laptop.

“A family member saw him too.

“She said, ‘Didn’t I give you a five-dollar bill if you wouldn’t play with that, and talk to people?’

“He looked up at her, pulled the fiver out of his pocket, handed it to her and went back to the laptop.

“So much for family communication.”

Black Friday Blues

“I am an avid Sudoku fan, and look forward to playing it in The Advocate, as it gets progressively more difficult each day,” says Murphy Stillwater.

“On Thanksgiving Day I found it more difficult to find the puzzle in the bulk of the newspaper than it was to solve it.”

Hope plays the Palace

“One more Bob Hope story?” asks Malcolm Wright.

“Martha and I were newly married or about to be married the night that we saw Bob Hope at the LSU Cow Palace.

“I remember one part of his program and can’t repeat it verbatim, but here it is:

“Hope is lying on his back in something like a chaise lounge, looking up at the Cow Palace ceiling doing his monologue.

“He says, among many other things, ‘I have never been inside a dirigible before.’

“Well, you had to be there. The crowd thought it very funny that night.”

Historic figures

Sarah Stravinska, of Chestnut, says, “Your recent story about kids being confused about time reminded me of the time I told my kids that I remembered when there were only 48 states.

“Son Michael wanted to know if I had known Betsy Ross!”

More on Cajuns

Warren Perrin, of Lafayette, says readers interested in the “what makes you a Cajun?” discussion, mentioned in the Friday column, can get a more complete version in the recently-released book, “Acadie Then and Now” from Andrepont Publishing LLC.

Says Warren: “It was released in French and English, and may be purchased from our website, on Amazon, and in many bookstores.”

Worthy causes

Joseph G. Simmons says Maison des Ami of Baton Rouge provides shelter for those who are severely mentally ill and destitute.

But, says Joseph, increasing expenses and a drying up of fund sources “have put Maison’s future in serious jeopardy.”

Donations can be mailed to Maison des Ami, 1050 Convention St., Baton Rouge LA 70802; mailed to Joseph at 5420 Corporate Blvd., Suite 101, Baton Rouge LA 70808; made online through at, or dropped off at any Gulf Coast Bank branch.

Special People Dept.

On Nov. 24, Joyce Peavy Cafferal, a lifelong resident of Brusly, celebrated her 90th birthday — with champagne and cake.

Modern farming

LaNell Hilborn says, “When you pass the lake to go over the O.K. Allen Bridge to Alexandria, there are always people set up along there selling something.

“I passed one that has six or eight signs posted about 10 yards apart up to their vegetable stand:

“‘Vine Ripe Tomatoes,’ ‘Garden Fresh Green Beans,’ ‘Home Grown Greens,’ etc.

“The last sign always makes me laugh: ‘We accept MasterCard.’”

Getting technical

Another tech support story, this one from Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon:

Tech Support: “I’m about to give you your account number. Do you have a pen handy?”

Caller: “What’s a pen handy?”

Contact Smiley

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