Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas In New Orleans (Sundays In My City)

Alligators were the secret terror of my childhood. My nightmares generally featured gators lying in wait under the bed. I dreamt of alligators marching into the house, single file, from a trap door in my bedroom closet. Then, they formed ranks under my bed, waiting for their prey to touch toes to the wooden floor aside the bed. While I no longer consider the possiblity of gators in the closet or hiding under the bed, I harbor a godly fear of these multiplying, hideous reptiles.

New Orleanians have always been an eccentric lot. We stock the pool with gator heads, decorate the yard with statues of the Virgin, wear Saints football jerseys to church (for luck), and until this week, considered Phil Robertson, a resident of Louisiana, to be our most valuable citizen.
Current sole swimmer of shared pool on my rented premises. At least, he doesn't sport a long beard.


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20 comments:

Andean said...

Why do they put gator heads in the pool?

Steve Cotton said...

I need to get one (or ten) of those heads for my garden.

Andean said...

There are crocs in your yard now you want gator heads in your garden?
Ay, Steve.

Jeanne said...

We have real life gators in the back woods canal behind our house. It's a very strange way to live, but I stay out of that area. My sis has gators walking between the houses from one pond to another. Florida life!

Laurie Matherne said...

Alligators have become a dangerous nuisance in coastal Louisiana due to less pesticides and strict conservation rules. Increasingly, homeowners find real alligators in their pools, as 'gators prefer shallow water with little current. Hence, gator heads as ornaments are sort of a joke, I suppose.

Laurie Matherne said...

Gators are not one of my favorite animals. To each his own.

Laurie Matherne said...

Real gators are often caught in and around the city of New Orleans, too.

Laurie Matherne said...

Dorothy, my fears are not without rationale. Neither is your fear of sharks.

BLOGitse said...

Oh man...too much for me. I couldn't sleep at all if I knew there where free gators near by...eeek!
¡Feliz Navidad y
Próspero Año Nuevo 2014!
See you next year after my break.............

Star Traci said...

I think the football tees are appropriate in church -- they are Saints after all!
That head is wild.
Merry Christmas!
:-)
Traci

John Calypso said...

Go Saints! Hope your plans solidify soon - maybe in a dream ;-)

Have a GREAT Holiday Season Amiga.

Laurie Matherne said...

John, the Saints (football team) lost in the worst possible way yeseterday. I am glad the saints are not losing all of the time. 2014? I don't need a dream. I know where I am going. Stay tuned for more details.

Laurie Matherne said...

Star Traci, yes, it's fun to see the saints dressed as Saints. Merry Christmas, friend.

Laurie Matherne said...

BLOGitse, I am NOT a fan of crocodiles or alligators.

Laurie Matherne said...

Andean, perhaps we should send a copy of the video, Lake Placid, to Steve. It's a movie starring Betty White, who feeds little 'gators who turn into mutant giant monsters. One of the big gators ate her husband. Steve? are you listening?

Steve Cotton said...

In truth, my garden is filled with crocodile sculptures -- well, those the gardener has not broken. Things of beauty.

Laurie Matherne said...

The movie is mediocre, but I do enjoy the tiny gators nipping at Betty White's toes. And other things.

carol said...

Merry Christmas, Laurie, from Texas. Thanks for the card that arrived yesterday. I was so surprised and delighted. Hope the new year brings your peace and happiness everywhere you go.

Laurie Matherne said...

I have tried sending cards before, but I had the wrong address. Merry Christmas, Carol!

lisleman said...

stock the pool with gator heads - Now that adds a little twist to a pool party.
Merry Christmas