Rocke Fournet Sunday, December 22, 2013 0
Savannah Stevens with her first limit. She's a chip off the old block.

Savannah Stevens with her first limit. She’s a chip off the old block.

Let us bow our heads. The recent Thanksgiving holiday was a natural time to give thanks.  There is a lot to be thankful for, so I hope you acknowledged it.

Good health has to top everyone’s list of things to be most grateful for.  If you are normal, you have had a taste of being laid up due to illness or injury before; it can be a humbling experience. The only good part is recovering and rehabilitation, and getting back up and running. Whoever is credited with saying your health is everything certainly hit the nail on the head.

It is easy to take for granted, but waking up relatively pain free, give or take a few aches and pains, is a great way to start the day. If, like most, you have done some hard time in the hospital, it is a great place not to be.

Next on the Thanksgiving list are friends and family. There is nothing that compares to swapping stories (lies) with close friends who return the favor and share theirs with you.  Thanksgiving is a family affair, and it is comforting to appreciate the people you can always count on. If you have friends and family that care about you, you are a rich man. It has nothing to do with money, which is way overhyped on the happiness scale. Treat others as you wish to be treated, and it is all good. The good deeds you perform in your life always are returned tenfold in the way of feeling good about yourself. We cherish friends and family.

To be born and raised in this country is no small favor. It ain’t perfect, but it is by far the best there is. We enjoy liberties and freedom that is foreign to the vast majority of other nations. We have learned the hard way freedom ain’t free, and to honor and recognize those veterans that fought for it. We are an indebted nation to the military servicemen who have served us proudly. God Bless America!

If you like to eat, Louisiana is the place to mange, cher. We are blessed to be living in the USA, where food is mostly very plentiful. But it is a whole new and delicious menu offered down on the bayou. We have unique dishes that you can only experience properly cooked right here in our home state. If you like seafood dishes made with fresh product and cooked Creole style, you have found a home here.

Eating is one of life’s best simple pleasures, and a good reason to gather around the table. We are always grateful for our heritage, and the Cajun descendants that invented the recipes and passed them down to us. All this talk about French food is enough to make you think about the next meal as you’re eating the current  one.

You have to give thanks for the athletic teams and sports we have to enjoy. This state is consumed with sports, and is full of super fans just looking for someone to cheer on to victory.  It is great wholesome fun, for the most part, and a family affair. If you are a sports nut, this place is a dream come true.

During football season, it can get crazy good when you have local teams that are the cream of the crop at every level. We line up behind the NOLA Saints, the Tigers from Baton Rouge, the McNeese State Cowboys and some great high school teams. It doesn’t get any better.

These athletes deserve all the support we can generate, and most fans just need a reason to party, so it is a match made in heaven.  Les bons ton roule!