Norma Kimble says my account of my Major Injury "brought to mind a story from my brother Tony, an expert wisecracker.
"Aunt CC had been driving without a seat belt when she had a mild accident. She was impelled forward and bent a rib.
"Next evening, we gathered at our favorite restaurant. Everyone got seated, and Aunt CC said, 'Now, Tony, no wisecracks, please.'
"'Oh, dear,' said Tony. 'Maybe you should order some spareribs?'"
We've received several examples of nicknames for grandparents, usually bestowed by the grandkids themselves (I'm still surprised to be called "Paw Paw" by some of mine, feeling I'm much too young for that title).
- For instance, Cameron Heltz says, "My daughter wanted someone to be known as Granny (no, Smiley, we are not from Beverly Hills).
"My wife readily agreed, but our granddaughter could not quite get that out, so my wife is now known as Gie.
"She is of Scottish descent, and Gie is 'to give.'
"Bottom line: special if the grandkids choose the name."
- Richard Herr, of Harahan, says, "When our first granddaughter was born, her father's mother wished to be called Me-Maw and suggested her husband be called Pe-Paw.
"Her husband refused the name, so my granddaughter requested that I assume that title, which I did.
"Thankfully, only she, her sister and brother use that name for me. My other grandchildren call me Paws, which I prefer."
- Ernie Gremillion, of Baton Rouge, has a similar story:
"When our first grandchild was born, we wanted to select our grandparent names. My wife picked Mimi, and I asked my daughter for her opinion about the name I should choose.
"She responded that since my wife was Mimi, then that made me Peepee. I opted for Paps instead."
Tiger fans changing?
Jim Mayer says he's found that the reaction of LSU Tigers football fans after a loss is usually bitterness and complaints, but he was pleasantly surprised the day after the loss to Alabama:
"At my gun club, everyone said LSU really played well and how proud they were. It really shows the true support and respect Coach O, the staff, the team and Joe Alleva are getting from fans."
Goodness of greens
Helen Rankin continues our discussion of greens:
"Before anyone throws out the beet tops, or greens, try washing them and cooking them as you would spinach.
"I used to throw them away until a friend alerted me to the sweet taste when they are cooked. It does not take long and they are ready to eat.
"Give it a try, and maybe you will be a convert just like I was. In fact, I don’t buy the beets unless they have fresh greens attached."
And Sue Conran says, "I grew up in Denham Springs and lived with my grandparents during most of my life.
"My grandma cooked turnip greens with salt pork or bacon. We always had cornbread and pepper vinegar.
"She always had an extra cornbread baking for those who wanted to sop up more pot liquor or for Grandpa to put in his buttermilk.
"Now we get them at Piccadilly. We go there so Richard can get his liver and onions fix (yuck). The greens are great, though."
(I get my turnip greens at Poor Boy Lloyd's in downtown Baton Rouge. And by the way, Sue, I agree with Richard — I love the liver and onions at Piccadilly.")
Special People Dept.
Lena H. Usie, of Nottingham Regional Rehab Center in Baton Rouge, celebrated her 97th birthday Sunday, Nov. 5. She was born and raised in Breaux Bridge and raised her family in Baton Rouge.
Nobey Benoit says our seminar on colorful sayings reminded him of this tale from his military days:
"During an inspection in basic training, an old Army sergeant once told me that my belt buckle looked like a 'tank platoon had pulled maneuvers on it.' He was right."
Out of sight
Keith Horcasitas tells us another military story:
"The sergeant-major growled at the young soldier, 'I didn't see you at camouflage training this morning.'
"'Thank you very much, sir.'"