Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Somewhere in the Swamp
Hello again. It’s me, Nick. I thought I would let you know how things are going. I live in a bayou that is part of a large swamp somewhere in the southern United States. The big man in the bateau was here this morning. He comes here almost every day to fish. I like him. He is always talking to the animals and plants and seems to know us all by name. “Hello little sac-a-lait. Bonjour Mister Cypress Tree. “ The big man has lived here for over eighty years but his home is not in the swamp. I heard him say that he lives between the cities of Monroe and Baton Rouge, in a place called Louisiana. The next time we talk, I will tell you about my friends here in the swamp. See you later.
Sac-a-lait is the name by which both black and white crappie are known in Louisiana, especially in Southern Louisiana, but white crappie are more commonly called by this special Cajun name for one of anglers’ all time favorite fish.