Welcome — 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 — Cast-off!

Welcome to You Really Had to Be There “cast-off.” This will be upgraded to “launch” upon validation by reader comment(s?). (We now are launched!)300px-Morganza_Spillway_Aerial

As the “Father of Waters” deposits lakes and ponds in his excursions toward an unconstrained destiny, my memory banks brim with little tales wanting to overflow into accessible pools. Meanwhile, the calendar suggests drifting from my headwaters is carrying me downstream to the unbordered expanse, and the confluence of technology and a swift kick from the Muse Clio (history) and her mother Mnemosyne (memory) has me plugging the laptop in beside my bed at 5:40 a.m. Thus, the pirogue gently glides into the waters, and the words will soon distill into the clouds.

You Really Had to Be There — but you weren’t! — so my hope is you will find the basic tales heartwarming, amusing, maybe sometimes instructive — and your similar experiences will bubble to the surface, warm my heart, amuse, and maybe sometimes instruct me.

We’re not stirring up chicken soup here — not that heartwarming! (Or, we leave it to the beholder.) We’ll be highlighting poignant vignettes — the unusual, not the familiar or the heroic. Not the familiar tale of the special needs child carried around the bases, or the heroic tale of my grandson’s two-out, three-run homer to knock the three-time champions out of the playoffs. The unusual counts, even if heroic, as when my granddaughter, with her team down by 2 with 1.3 seconds on the clock and the opponents inbounding from underneath our basket, defended their long pass by chasing it the length of the court, shielding the opponent without touching the ball  (so that no time ticked off the clock when it went out of bounds), leading to our inbounding for a layup to tie, then win the tournament in overtime. Think “The Little Engine that Could.”

The first thoughts that came to my mind were from my youth sports coaching and groupie days, and some strongly-held opinions, like — we teach many kids they can’t play, not how to play — making 6-year-olds permanent last batters; and some good coach/bad coach ramblings.  (I was a member of both species.) Then brainstorms rained down different categories, mostly lurking as follies and foibles: careering, cooking, camping, vacationing, self-publishing — kind of comically memoirish. Occasionally I will just fish around with wordplay, like — it may have escaped your attention, but I achieved four silent g’s in just three words — highlighting poignant vignettes.

Acknowledging imagery in my preamble from my Mother’s family farm thirty miles north of Baton Rouge, where the Morganza Spillway sometimes permits the Mississippi its intended egress to the Atchafalaya and Morgan City; and my father’s farm, thirty miles south of Red Stick, and his work as a teenager with his father clearing forests to enlarge the levees; and the powerful history of the Mississippi River as recounted in John M. Barry’s Rising Tide; and pre-musings motivation from nephew-in-Espana Billy, and blogging prototypes by cousin Acadiann at acadiann.wordpress.com.

Now, it’s time for a nap.   A round of blessings to all.

7 thoughts on “Welcome — 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 — Cast-off!”

  1. Let’s see…how do you work this thing? I’m trying to leave a comment on your blog here, but I’m not sure how to do this. If I type in EBCDIC, will it automatically translate to ASCII? I’m confused.

    Good job, bro. I’m looking forward to being amused by the musings inspired by your muses.


  2. What’s this? “Your comment is awaiting moderation?” Was I too controversial? Holy smokes. I’ll try to tone it down.

  3. Love your wordplays and the allusions to all things Louisiana in this post. Caught the “red stick” reference even though I hardly know any French. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Bill Reilly said:

    Congratulations, Uncle Tex! The first step is always the hardest, or so they say…looking forward to the next one!

  5. Jamie Reilly said:

    And away you go! looking forward to following along!

  6. Ann G. forcier said:

    Lache pas la patate! (:

  7. Val Comeaux said:

    Keep it up, Eddie/Tex/George.

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