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Tante Camilla is back from a break

Tante Camilla is back from a break

Dear Tante Camilla,

Where you been? Nobody knows if you kicked the bucket or what. You just all of a sudden stopped writing. 


An Avid Reader

Dear Avid Reader:

Well now I guess you know I didn’t kick the bucket. Although one time I did kick a whole bucket of gros crevette off the wharf when we was unloading at the shed and poo-yi did Clovis want to skin me alive. Pauvre Clovis though, he never said nothing. He just shook his head and his big oreilles would turn rouge, rouge.

Anyway, bonjour mes amis. This is Tante Camilla finally back from a little break. So venez ici and écoutez.

At first I had to take a little break because my great-niece was getting married and I told her momma that I would help cook and serve the food at the wedding and all that. Chère mon Dieu, what a radoter. Weddings aren’t simple like they used to be back when me and Clovis got married. We just got in the pirogue on Christmas Eve and rode across the bayou to the church in our nicest clothes and the priest married us right there. Then we rode back across the bayou and we had a big meal at his grom’s house while nonc T played the fiddle and everyone danced and sang. It was so nice. Now a days you got the big speakers with the boom boom boom that they call music and the kids doing all kinds of things looking like they having a seizure on the dance floor. I don’t think they could two-step if their life depended on it. Then they have to take pictures for two hours and nobody can eat or drink or nothing while they do all that. Talk about a pain in the fess.

When I was finally rested up after all that work, the lady at the Gazette said nobody had sent in any questions. So I didn’t have anything to answer. For several weeks nobody wrote in so I figured y’all had forgotten about me. Then the lady at the Gazette called me the other day and said everybody keeps asking what happened to me. Well, if y’all would send in some questions then I’d have something to write about. So pick up the crayon and get some papier and send me your questions. Or if you rather do that stuff on your computer with the emails then you can do that too and the lady at the Gazette will give me your questions.

Eh ben, c'est tout pour asteur. When I get another question you’ll get another answer.

-Tante Camilla

Readers can submit questions to Tante Camilla. She will respond to inquiries with sage advice that will also include a bit of humor and a lot of Cajun charm. Readers can send questions in the following ways:

Mail: The Lafourche Gazette c/o Tante Camilla, P.O. Box 1450, Larose LA 70373, email:, drop the letter off at The Lafourche Gazette during office hours (M-F, 8-4), or send a private message through The Lafourche Gazette’s Facebook page.

Pen names can be used. The Gazette will not publish the letter writer’s name or personal information. Names may be changed to protect the letter writer or other parties involved.