Watching little kids hunt Easter eggs is probably the only thing cuter than watching them open Christmas presents. Maybe it is because it is a group activity; maybe it is because it is so colorful. Whatever the reason, watching a horde of pastel draped children swarm over freshly cut grass is high cuteness in the extreme. Anna and I brought Quinn to the Baton Rouge Country Club where a large egg hunt, complete with crafts and a visit from the Easter bunny (or Wabbit, as Quinn identified him), had been staged. We met up with a large group of my extend family for a nice brunch before hand and then the army of toddlers was set loose upon the technical color dotted driving range. Quinn could not get enough of the Easter bunny and she did her level best to engage him in conversation. The long suffering soul inside that suit was a good sport about it as Quinn hugged him and chatted him up in her new Easter bonnet. My mother and aunt had found the bonnet at some shop in their rambles. My cousin is getting married in a few weeks and they have been ranging all over south Louisiana making preparations. In summation, it all added up to some very cute Easter festivities.
I am headed Coteau for a celebration of the Laotian New Year. I have heard about this festival south of Lafayette for several year but it always falls on Easter weekend and this is the first time I have been able to get free to make the drive. In addition to my general interest in unusual Louisiana festivities I felt the need to see the Laotian New Year even more acutely this year because I have recent been approached about writing a book about “off the beaten track” festivals, towns and restaurants of Louisiana. They are interested in a narrative travel book more than a visitors guide. I should not really discuss the project in detail until all the particulars are worked out but I’ll just say that the prospect is very exciting and right in line with what I would like to do with my life. Don’t hold your breath though. The book is unlikely to see publication for two years just because of the time it will take me to research and write the thing as well as the editing, design and proofing process. Though the time horizon is fairly long, it is a honor to have been asked to undertake such a thing by a very respectable press. More details will follow as I know them. Anyway, it is early on a Sunday morning and I need to prep my camera gear and find my way to Coteau. Have a happy Easter one and all!