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Helen Boudreaux

Bonjour!
Well we finally got rain. That ought to make happy to everyone around these parts. We’ve been blessed with over nine inches since election night to Monday morning of that glorious liquid stuff. We won’t catch up on rain from the drought but makes no difference now. It’s so good watching it fall standing at the door. Sounded great on the tin roof.
First round of elections went well. Runoffs will be Saturday, Nov. 21. We were busy, a good turnout at the Butte La Rose fire station. A little slow down when rain began. Midday Saturday, the time our bellies began reminding us we were hungry, showed up to vote, Yvette Dupuis. We’d been debating about ordering plate lunches from her C&D grocery store. And in her little hands she carried to us containers filled with heavenly delicious boudin and gratons. She serves plate lunches there at her store just south of the welcome center. Can’t miss it. I do buy hog lard from her store. There was no way we would have turned down her kind merciful God send offer. Thank you Yvette!
Earlier that day Coy Thibodeaux came vote. Told us he was having company and was cooking a pig in a Cajun microwave for feasting. We kidded and said if by chance he’d have any left over, we’d take the crumbs. We all laughed about it. As he left he said he sure would oblige us. We thought that he thought we were kidding and joking with him. And we were. We did not expect the outcome. It’s kind of an old saying, bring us a little taste when you’re through cooking.
Here we are isolated in these ferocious swamps, surrounded by wilderness, and bears, and panthers, alligators and snakes. So we here are all like family and always ready to help each other and share. Well about five o’clock or so shows up Coy’s wife, Susan, to vote. And in her little hands were plate lunch containers for commissioners Sara, Aleah, Andrea and me with goodies of pork, rice dressing, yams and a bread. We were joyfully surprised for what they did. It’s not surprising that they did this or us. Imagine how busy they were with company coming they took time for us. So sweet. They’re what are called hardcore Cajuns with big warm gigantic hearts. Thank you all ever so much.
While on the subject of kindness, for a few years now I have come to know Justin Saucier, activities coordinator at the Garden View Assisted Living in New Iberia. He graduated UL at age 22 and in a few months had landed a job there. He fits right into that scenario, caring for elders. Now age 26 he is well established in his type of profession. He is well supported by a loyal staff. I do watch him when I visit there. He cares about his residents wanting the best for them. To keep his residents motivated each day and ensure they are informed on the latest topics, by inviting guests speakers on a regular basis. Like for special occasions like birthday parties and all holidays from musical entertainment, to magicians, etc. He also collaborates with Garden View wellness department to address health issues such as monthly wellness checks and annual flu shots. Justin loves his position at Garden View and it shows through the enthusiasm that he brings with him each day. If you want to meet Justin, go by the Garden View on Darby Lane in New Iberia.
We are all getting older. Maybe good to consider an assisted living home for your parents. Like a nursing home, security plus twenty four hour medical care. Less confinement in assisted living.

Cousine Hélène
337-280-1988.
helenboudreaux@juno.com

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