Lillian Miller, this column's unpaid holiday poet, sent this in while I was on my Well-Deserved Vacation.
I know it's a little late, but I felt it could also apply to the present "holiday gift return" season:
Fa, la, la
Gloves for Ellie
A tie for Pa
Every year it’s all last minute
You’d think by now I’d finally get it
Malls are crowded, sales are touted
Kids are screaming
Mine are the loudest
Yes I love it!
Yes it’s fun!
Merry Christmas everyone!"
"Which alerted me to the fact that Louisiana does not have a state cookie.
"I think pralines would be the state candy, and king cake is the state cake, but no cookie.
"So we should enlist Lt. Gov. Nungesser and get our Louisiana pastry cooks working on this problem, with a contest to pick the Louisiana state cookie. I volunteer us to be judges."
(My research department tells me that while Louisiana has a state doughnut, the beignet, and a state vegetable, the sweet potato, there seems to be no state cookie. I would imagine cookies incorporating sweet potatoes would be the most appropriate variety, but of course we'll have to taste them to be sure…)
Call a cop!
Lyn Doucet, of Maurice, says, "I smiled ruefully when I read (in my Sunday wrap-up of 2018 'news') that Jeff Landry was handing out honorary law enforcement officer badges.
"One of my husband's old friends, affectionately known as 'Red-Neck Bubba,' somehow came into possession of such a badge, and regularly checked into hotels at a discounted rate because of it.
"One evening we were all in a Baton Rouge hotel. My husband, Dee, woke himself up at 3 a.m. and called Bubba's room.
"'This is the front desk,' Dee said. 'We have a disturbance and are in need of a law enforcement officer!'
"Well, you never heard someone hang up so fast. I am surprised he didn't flee the hotel! We laughed until we cried — but the next morning, no one said a word."
Special People Dept.
- Mattie Lee Jarrell, of Baton Rouge, celebrated her 101st birthday Dec. 25. She has been an usher at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Norwood for 82 years.
- Mary Maxwell, of Liberty, Mississippi, celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday, Dec. 30. She was an usher at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Liberty for 50 years.
- Dorothy “Marie” Ponder, of Baton Rouge, celebrated her 100th birthday Monday, Dec. 31. She is a long-time resident of Baton Rouge, married to Judge Elven Ponder, but grew up in Lake Charles.
- Lucy Hebert, of Plaquemine, celebrated her 96th birthday Friday, Dec. 28.
- Therese Theriot, of Pierre Part, celebrated her 94th birthday Dec. 22.
- Arthur Bellum Jr. celebrated his 92nd birthday Friday, Dec. 28.
- Beverly Miller Couvillion, of Bunkie, celebrated her 91st birthday Dec. 20.
- Justin Bozeman celebrated his 90th birthday Thursday, Dec. 27.
- Betsy and Ben Alsip celebrated their 72nd anniversary Dec. 22.
- Kenneth and Glenda Dunnaway Sullivan celebrated 61 years of marriage Dec. 20.
- Louise Ann Baudin and John W. Kenney, of Lafayette, celebrated 65 years of marriage Dec. 27.
- Eddie and Pat Fagot celebrated their 52nd anniversary Dec. 22.
- Emmett and Dodie Irwin celebrated their 52nd anniversary Dec. 22.
"Watching gifts being opened Christmas Day brought back memories of childhood," says Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville.
"We didn’t have a lot, but our parents made sure Santa Claus visited, with at least one gift under our cedar Christmas tree.
"My worst memory was when I received an electric football set. It had sat under the tree in our house, only warmed by a fireplace with lots of humidity.
"Since it was a cardboard field, it became badly warped! The players would go to about the 50-yard line, then turn around and go back to the end zone!"