Smiley: Patriotic rice

Glenn Giro, of Denham Springs, says that with Flag Day coming up on Friday, “I am reminded of my childhood and my mom’s offbeat sense of humor.

“I don’t know how many of your readers enjoyed the sight of a dinner plate being handed to them with a pile of white rice that was red at one end and blue at the other. My mom loved food coloring.

“Oh, the joy of seeing thick chicken gravy in a ‘well’ atop a helping of blue mashed potatoes.

“ I remember specks of green and red in my macaroni and cheese. I probably ate more blue food than the average kid.

“Green eggs and ham? Hah, not even a challenge for my mom.

“How about Cheerios and yellow milk?

“Now everyone will understand that my sense of humor is definitely genetic.”

Simply electrifying

Wayne of Covington adds to our collection of great business slogans with one he saw on an electrical service truck recently while driving down U.S. 190 in Mandeville:

“We will remove your shorts for you!”

Agony of de feet

Gail Davis says, regarding a recent Nostalgia Corner item about LSU football game attire in the past:

“The lady was right who said women wore hats, gloves and dressy dresses to the football games, but she left out an important item.

“We also wore pointy-toe high heel shoes.

“My husband Haggai and I went to football games in those years, and that’s how I dressed. And my husband wore a coat and tie.

“Sometimes we would go see Tulane play in New Orleans in the afternoon, then see LSU play here in Baton Rouge that night.

“Looking back, I’m amazed I could stand in those shoes that long.”

Teen no more

Ralph Drouin says while he was replacing cabinet hinges he decided to tune into the Cox cable music channel 924, “Solid Gold Oldies,” so he could “feel like a teenager again.”

One of his favorite tunes from the ’60s, “Washington Square” by the Village Stompers, came on.

He was really getting in the groove, he says, until “my knees reminded me that I am not a teenager.”

Preferred seating

Gerrie Englade says her daughter, Paige, “was sitting with some of the grandchildren, watching them swim.

“She texted the following to us about Ella, age 4, the daughter of Kristy Englade, basketball and tennis coach at St. Amant High, who spends time with her mom at the gym:

“‘You know her mom’s a coach when she calls the steps of the pool ‘bleachers!’”

Worthy causes

Eldon Ledoux says the St. George Fire Department is accepting new fans (in their boxes) for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s “Fans for the Elderly” program:

“The extreme heat and humidity of south Louisiana can be not only uncomfortable but life-threatening.

“Just take the fan to any St. George fire station and drop it off.”

The Lambda Alpha graduate chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity has a blood drive Saturday at the fraternity house, 725 North Foster Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Terrence Marshall says it’s part of the Dr. Charles Drew Memorial Blood Drive, put on by the national chapter to honor the pioneer in blood science, a fraternity member.

Call (225) 978-6961.

Special People Dept.

Clotiel W. Matthews celebrates her 100th birthday Thursday.

On Thursday, Willie Duke Accardo, of Village Woods, celebrates his 95th birthday.

Cooper and Marjorie Thibodeaux, of Zachary, celebrate 60 years of marriage Thursday.

Pat and Bill Bailey celebrate their 60th anniversary Thursday.

On Thursday, Dwight and Faye McDowell Sylvest celebrate their 60th anniversary.

Berthil “Bert” and Ola Mae Waguespack Schexnaydre, of Burnside, celebrated their 65th anniversary Friday.

The joy of aging

Mike Dunn, of Port Allen, says, “I sent my soon-to-be 9-year-old granddaughter, Reagan, of Iowa (in Louisiana), a birthday card with a $9 check enclosed.

“She asked her mother why the check was for $9.

“My daughter Suzanne replied that she got $1 per year for her age.

“Reagan popped up and said, ‘I can’t wait to be 50!’

“Suzanne said she had to quickly pull off the side of the road because she was laughing so hard she couldn’t see.”

Secret ingredient

Speaking of aging, Barbara McKaskle, of Hammond, tells this “wisdom of seniors” story:

She says Eugenie Daussat was telling her daughter, Linda Broussard, of Hammond, that she thought Linda would like some single-serving entrees Eugenie had discovered.

When Linda told her, “But they have so much preservative in them,” Eugenie replied, “Well, they must
be working — because I’m 93.”

Write Smiley at He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.