With every trip we take to Louisiana, the kids get more acquainted with their mom and dad’s mother state. On this trip, we met up with the grands in Baton Rouge and took them to Tiger Stadiumfor their first LSU game. It was magic watching their reaction to Death Valley, the excitement at seeing over 100,000 fans, chanting and cheering, the bright purple and gold fans in the seats and the speed of the players streaking across the brilliant green field. And thankfully, the game ended in a win for the Tigers. There’s nothing more depressing than leaving Death Valley after a loss.
We also showed the kids the statue of their Great Uncle Abner Wimberly, a former defensive end for the Tigers and later the Green Bay Packers. They rubbed his head for good luck, a campus tradition! I think its so funny that the whole time we went to LSU, Russell never even mentioned his great uncle or showed me the statue. He tells me nothing! Luckily, his Grandmother, Abner’s sister Irene, the greatest treasure of the McLendon family, tells me everything and I’m very grateful for that!
Our next stop was to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana where we went on a swamp tour. The swamp is a strange and exciting place. It reminds me of a jungle, with its towering trees, canopied by moss, and the lush plants growing in all directions. The only difference is that the swamp floor consists of murky, muddied water, teaming with bugs, frogs, fish and alligators. We spotted several alligators, but Claudia and Patrick were most excited by the nest of freshly hatched baby gators. They were about four inches long and wriggly as can be, just crawling all over each other, waiting for their mommy, I suspect. We didn’t linger too long.
But the best part of the trip came at the end, visiting cousins! And just like that, it was time to return to Texas. But there’s always that next trip home that stays on our minds!