The land may be ugly these days but the river is actually sort of pretty. It’s enormously wide, of course, and flowing southward swiftly. The duckweed which had been mounded against the banks is gone. At this particular moment, a thin layer of white fog is forming just above the water’s surface, making the edges of the river sort of fuzzy. Docks and trees are dark brown and barren.
Living on a river is always so special, I think. So many things to look at. The one-legged duck is still hopping around with the rest and although I felt a little foolish, I did watch once when someone asked me if the duck swam only in circles. It doesn’t! The otter hasn’t been around lately. Lots of birds – white and blue herons.
The Belle River boat parade was small but pretty. Just four houseboats. The weather that day had been horrible but cleared up for the parade. Ten entrants had been announced but I guess many felt it might be just too bad. Especially those who would have had to steer from an outside flying bridge.
I spoke to Leroy Gros in Four-Mile Bayou and he said on Dec. 31, for the third year, his marina would be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a pig roast, chicken and turkey neck gumbo and a jambalaya with the traditional black eyed peas and cabbage. And he said the road to Four Mile bayou was being kept in good shape and despite all the rain, only a few places had water on the road.
Some good friends of mine from here in Belle River will be driving their houseboat to the marina and tie up for the night there. They figure it will be a great way, fun and safe, to spend New Year’s Eve. Better than getting on the highway to fight traffic to a relative’s house.
An Assumption Parish newspaper reported that there were dozens of flooded homes and businesses following the last big rain. And of course, lots of wild accusations about subdivision pumps not being turned on which police jurors are now saying not true. There was just too much water in too short a time for pumps to keep up.
My husband said this morning that the Weather Channel claims we’re going to have five whole days with no rain. Wouldn’t that be a Christmas present?
The Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.