Smiley: Parade politeness?

Linda Whitman, of Denham Springs, tells a “Carnival etiquette” story:

“Three of our grandkids from Georgia came to spend a few days with us on ‘Winter Break’ after the bad weather there.

“Ten-year-old Erynn had gone with us a couple of years ago to the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade.

“When I asked her to tell her inexperienced younger brothers what to say to get beads from the people on the floats, she looked puzzled.

“Then she said, ‘Bead me?’

“Needless to say, they will be well-versed on correct verbal usage and body language for the Denham Springs Mardi Gras Parade.”

Which reminds me

Years ago, Lady Katherine and I took a friend of hers from Minnesota, who had never been to Carnival, to the Bacchus Parade in New Orleans.

We were standing at Canal and Chartres when the parade started by, and the Minnesota lady was reluctant to push into the crowd and request beads.

We watched her hesitancy with some amusement, figuring she would get with the program sooner or later.

Sure enough, after a short time of watching folks around her, she figured it out and started leaping up and screaming, “Throw me something, mister!”

Toward the end of the parade, she was wearing a neck full of beads, and was wet and muddy from rolling in the street trying to get an especially nice strand of beads away from another aggressive bead-catcher.

On our way back to the car, she stopped a guy and gave him a big smooch in exchange for his large, colorful beads.

We agreed that she had indeed gotten with the program — and then some. …

Happy ValMarTer!

Rhetta Sellers addresses the issue of holiday overload:

“The other day, I walked into a store and was confronted with an aisle that was billed as ‘Seasonal Decorations.’

“To the left were Valentine decorations, to the right Mardi Gras decorations and straight ahead were Easter decorations.

“So, I was thinking that we should give this special Louisiana gumbo of seasons a special name. Perhaps ‘ValMarTer?’

“Maybe one of your readers stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night and could find a creative name for this ‘only in Louisiana’ mix of three celebrations.”

Stuff it

Alex Chapman, of Ville Platte, comments on Harvey Best’s idea for boudin king cake (in the Monday column):

“Tell Harvey that he might try to confer with Bourque’s Superette in Port Barre.

“They’re the king of jalapeno/sausage bread, though their recipe might be a closely guarded trade secret.”

Wretched excess

“Stuffed Reader” tells this tale of creative stuffing:

“After Mass at St. Jude, we bought some of the Knights of Columbus’ famous and delicious barbecue lunches.

“I couldn’t pass up a scrumptious-looking brownie in the ‘Sweets’ section. What a delight to find a dark Oreo inside the brownie after a few bites!”

Burger time

The Big Buddy Program benefits from a “Burger Bash” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Catholic High.

Burgers prepared by the Catholic High Men’s Club will be served at 6:30 p.m. Take-out begins at 5:30 p.m. Go to www.bigbuddyprogram.org or call (225) 388-9737.

Special People Dept.

Mabel Smith celebrates her 100th birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Julia Hawkins celebrated her 98th birthday on Feb. 10. She rides her bike in University Acres daily.

Lillian Bouchereau, of Donaldsonville, celebrated her 96th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 16. Her “baby brother,” Kiki Templet, also of Donaldsonville, celebrated his 93rd birthday that same day.

Lela Mae Dayries, of Landmark of Baton Rouge, celebrates her 96th birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Sam and Ruby Bellina celebrated their 67th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Lionel and Sadie Templet celebrated their 65th anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Religious protest

Harriet St.Amant says, “Stories of unusual occurrences in church remind me of this story about my cousin Dan from a little over seven decades ago.

“My uncle was a professor of theology at Boston University, and when my cousin was 5 or 6, my aunt and uncle decided it was time for Dan to experience ‘real’ church (as opposed to sitting in the nursery playing, snacking and being read Bible stories).

“He was told to be good, be quiet and pay attention to what was going on.

“It was, unfortunately, a Communion Sunday.

“As the parishioners filed forward to receive the bread and wine, the minister intoned the Biblical words of Jesus after he broke the bread at the Last Supper: ‘Take, eat; this is my body.…’

“Horrified, Dan called out, ‘Cannibal!’

“He was hastily escorted out by a decidedly unamused father, while others throughout the sanctuary tried desperately to stifle their laughter to a greater or lesser degree.”

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