My first teaching job out of college was in Cut Off, Louisiana: an hour and a half south of New Orleans (pronounced NewAwlins), a tad north of the Gulf of Mexico, thirteen hours south of my hometown Springfield, Illinois, and, culturally speaking, a million and seven miles away from anything I had ever encountered in my life.
While there, I experienced ‘lagniappe’, a Louisiana custom meaning ‘a little extra’, for instance, ordering twelve beignets from Cafe du Monde and receiving thirteen.
This post is a lagniappe, a little extra added to the posts I did earlier this week. Or, to be more pragmatic, you can think of this post as an extended PS.
July 3rd’s post, ‘What You Don’t Know About Plastic Bags‘, talked about the effects of plastic bags on animals and the environment. Synchronicity has sent some more information I’d like to share with you.
From an office window, The Junk Drawer has been monitoring a plastic bag stuck in a tree for 111 days.
I received this YouTube clip from a friend, and was very moved by it. This was filmed in 1992, and shows then thirteen year old Severn Suzuki making an environmental speech at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development. I am encouraged and heartened by her strength, courage, integrity, honesty and willingness to speak out. When I grow up, I want to be like her.
On July 11, I wrote about Pet Safety in the Home. We had a little after dinner excitement here last night. While cleaning up, I realized the saran wrap I had microwaved the corn on the cob in had disappeared. With a sinking feeling I realized a little earlier I had heard Emmie nosing around in the kitchen. Ugh. Quick call to the vet’s office, and was told she would probably pass it, as she’s such a big girl. However, should she start throwing up, she would need to go to the emergency vet immediately.
Luckily, she is fine today, and I’m recovering.
Now you’ve experienced true-Louisiana-a-la-Minnesota-lagniappe. I hope you enjoyed it!