By Sonya Laughlin
A few weeks ago, the Mansion children were privileged to enjoy their first Cajun Crawfish Boil. The crawfish were donated by Samuel “Cucy” Brown and delivered and prepared by Clint Pederman of Dixie Crawfish. And believe me, when I tell you, that it made quite an impression on these children. It was a very festive occasion with lots of laughing, crawfish races, and kids running around holding crawfish and trying to scare all of the adults.
As a south Louisiana girl, I had been to many crawfish boils, but none have touched me like this one. I realized that not only was I sharing an eventful evening, I was sharing my heritage with these children. Some of them had never even known that I came from Louisiana or that I knew what a crawfish was, much less had ever eaten one. They knew me as Sis. Laughlin, who had been at the Mansion for over 15 years and served as the Executive Secretary. To see me carrying around a “mud bug” made many of them laugh and a few of them stare is disbelief.
It was a wonderful evening that will not soon be forgotten. I learned that evening that kids will try anything. They are so open to new experiences and most are not afraid of anything. Adults, on the other hand, are far more skeptical. We pick and choose our experiences carefully, especially the culinary ones.
There is a Louisiana term “Lagniappe” that means “an extra or unexpected gift or benefit.” The crawfish were donated and that was a tremendous blessing, but the true unexpected gifts were the smiles and laughter that this unique experience brought the precious children of TCM.