We have been here almost a year, now.
Moved from Virginia after 11 years, but originally I am from upstate New York.
What I have learned about Louisiana so far:
When you first arrive your neighbor will call your husband “Braa” which means “Bro” and offer him a beer. That neighbor will probably have been drinking since he got home at 2pm and not be wearing a shirt.
This neighbor will also appear from the bushes that are like 3 houses down and scream your name and wave to you while shirtless until you acknowledge him.
Same neighbor will have stories on how they survived Gustav, hunkered down under the carport.
If your family lives in Shreveport, they are considered to be far away. 4 hours (a day trip) as compared to my family in NY which is like 20 hour drive. I try not to be confused when I hear this.
You basically have to provide a blood sample to get your kid into public school around here.
Public schools have uniforms. Never seen that before.
Everything can be a party here. For example, if you car breaks down, why not drink to the occasion?
If you want a pet, it must be adopted and not considered bought, although you will have to pay for it.
The fleur-de-lis, (Yes I had to look that up on Google to know how to say and spell it right) will appear everywhere, in peoples homes as décor or on grocery bags or on shop signs, as place-mats and on iron gates. I don’t think any other state has a symbol that is used as much as this. I could be wrong.
School will be closed a whole week for Mardi Gras. That is a whole other thing. Mardi Gras.
Your kids will leave Mardi Gras family parades looking like a pimp.
If it’s a little cold the heat is on. If it is a little warm the AC is on. That thing is always running.
There is gumbo and jambalaya. I still have no idea what the difference is.
If you want to get your kids attention, you say “Come see” instead of “Come here”
Boudin looks like sausage but its not.
If you are on the LSU beach (lake) and some people that were paddle boarding tell you they saw gators in the water, pretend not to be alarmed because they aren’t.
If you are from here, you never leave here. There are like 9 generations of your family here. Roots go deep.
Bobo is a clown where I come from.
Mosquitoes will appear as much as the Fleur-de-lis symbol.
Lastly, I have to mention smock dresses, big bows and all things embroidered.
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