Here's a story from Aline Jarreau that should resonate with people of a certain age:

"While I was working in my home office, our 5-year-old grandson, Colton, came in and wanted to color.

"I said sure, and gave him a piece of copy paper.

"He asked for another sheet and I said, 'Let me get a tablet for you.'

"I got the tablet for him to draw on, and he says, 'Maw Maw, where are the buttons?'"

Seasonal pun?

Marsha R. noticed something in the Thursday paper that might or might not have been inadvertent:

"So proud of The Advocate headline writers for managing to get that great Thanksgiving pun on the front page Thursday: 'Edwards' tour keys in on agriculture industry.'


'Tis the season

Joel d'Aquin Thibodeaux tells how a Baton Rouge resident knows it's the holiday season:

"On Tuesday, I wasn't much looking forward to the holidays. But on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, my husband Ron and I went out to do a few errands and buy a couple of gift cards for Christmas gifts.

"While we were stuck in traffic, I smiled and told Ron, 'The traffic is so bad, and there are so many long lines and delays and aggravations, that I am finally in the Christmas spirit!'"

Furry saws

Al Bethard, of Lafayette, noticing that I haven't had anything about squirrels in the column lately, helpfully sends over an excerpt from the book "54 Years as a Country Doctor," by Herman Gibson Jr., M.D., published in 2005 by Northwestern State University Press.

Dr. Gibson tells of treating his patients for many kinds of animal bites: dogs, horses, hogs, rabbits, rats, mice — and once a monkey.

"Squirrel bites," he writes, "were most often sustained by hunters who picked up what they thought was a dead squirrel. One hunter stated that it was like sticking his hand in a 'buzz saw' and that he couldn't shake the animal off his hand fast enough."

Nice People Dept.

Roy Johnson says, "Just wanted to thank the fellow dog owners who helped us find our little Buster one night after he ran off from the Forest Park Dog Park in Baton Rouge.

"They ventured with us into the dark woods and briars behind Harrell’s Ferry Baptist Church to find Buster. We had to rush him to the vet's office, and I didn’t have an opportunity to thank them all properly."

Love story

Cathy Hannaman Brouillette says, regarding grandparent names:

"My sister-in-law would often tell her grandson, 'I love you,' and he would repeat as best a toddler could with 'Lalu,' which became her name."

Cathy adds, "My daughter named her father-in-law for her children. He is always on the go, so he became Gopa."

Beats "MaMa Kubota"

Laura Robertson says, "We have a couple of John Deere tractors and the grandchildren love them. One day, out of the blue, one of the grandsons started calling my husband Eugene 'PaPa John Deere.' Now, I'm MaMa John Deere."


Rick Fonte says, "When my daughter was pregnant with my grandson, we were trying to decide what he would call each of us.

"I said, 'In public, he can call me Uncle Rick.'"

Special People Dept.

  • Sal and Linda Palermo celebrated 50 years of marriage on Saturday, Nov. 25.
  • JoAnn and Michael Welsh, of Metairie, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Saucy answer

Ernie Gremillion, of Baton Rouge, says, "My wife and I have a running friendly disagreement about the difference between Pig Stand and Jack Miller's barbecue sauces, both from Ville Platte. (My understanding is that the recipes are the same, but she will only use Jack Miller's on pulled pork.)

"Trying to solve this mystery, I called an Evangeline Parish government office to see if they knew if the recipes were the same.

"I got a female receptionist who had the heaviest Cajun accent possible, and asked her if she knew if there was any difference between the two.

"After a moment of reflection, she replied, 'Jack Miller's is before the traffic light and Pig Stand is after.'

"Can't beat that Cajun logic."

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