Bayou Magic

Vacherie Plantation: the big house

Vacherie Plantation: the big house

everywhere these beautiful double doors

everywhere these beautiful double doors

dining room chandelier

dining room chandelier

Haint blue walls in the kitchen

Haint blue walls in the kitchen

Books!

Books!

We decided it was time to blow this popsicle stand and head south. Jackson and I drove to St. Mary Parish in Louisiana to visit friends. Their family owns a 200-year-old working sugar cane plantation. We stayed there quite literally on the bayou.

We also spent some time in New Orleans and at extended family’s homes. All of it was exactly the what we needed. Children allowed to run wild through the yard, searching for raccoons, possums and alligators. Moms on the front porch in rocking chairs and swings, sharing laughter and heartbreak. All of us breathing a little easier even in the thick, humid air.

Crawfish Boil

Crawfish Boil

French Quarter street band

French Quarter street band

St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral

Jackson in Jackson Square

Jackson in Jackson Square

Cafe Dumond, Everybody say SUGAR!! Of course, my kid refused to eat beignets because he was once again CONVINCED I was trying to poison him

Cafe Du Monde, Everybody say SUGAR!!
Of course, my kid refused to eat beignets because he was once again CONVINCED I was trying to poison him

beignets

Petting stingrays at the aquarium

Petting stingrays at the aquarium

Face painting. He's a wolf, which meant that I had to sing "Hey there, Little Red Riding Hood. You sure are looking good..."

Face painting. He’s a wolf, which meant that I had to sing “Hey there, Little Red Riding Hood. You sure are looking good…”

Best. Photobomb. Ever.  That girl is hysterical.

Best. Photobomb. Ever.
That girl is hysterical. Also, I swear they were having a good time, even though they don’t really look like it here.

In the boat, searching for gators

In the boat, searching for gators. Depending on which child you ask, they saw 2 or 8. I’m pretty sure it was 2-3 gators and several sticks.

They got the tugboat to honk. You'd have thought they won the Super Bowl!

They got the tugboat to honk. You’d have thought they won the Super Bowl!

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They’re like the Wiley Coyote. They were convinced they could get the palm leaves to “launch” a flip flop. They were terribly disappointed when it didn’t happen.

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This child slept so hard.

One night as we put them all to bed, our host told them that for 200 years, little boys slept in this house. They giggled after dark and plotted any number of shenanigans. She told them if they listened closely, the walls would tell them the stories of boys before them. The trees would whisper the locations of possums, squirrels and raccoons for them to chase. The wind in the leaves would sing them to sleep.

One of boys, so very sweet and literal, told us that walls don’t have mouths and trees can’t talk. That, we explained, was the magic. He was unconvinced, but closed his eyes anyway, just to prove us wrong. They were all asleep almost immediately.

Make no mistake, that house is magic. It cast the spell of summer on all of us. And for that, we are so very grateful.

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2 thoughts on “Bayou Magic

  1. Kerri, it sounds wonderful. Did the kids get to “chaw” on some sugar cane? That is the best part of being on a sugar plantation as far as I am concerned. I was a little older than Jackson when we spent several days on a sugar plantation one summer. I loved every minute of it.

    I had to laugh when I saw your description of the photo of Jackson in Jackson Square because naturally it was what went through my mind when I saw the photo. So very glad you had a good time.

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