View Full Version : An open letter to America

Kevin Arceneaux
09-09-2005, 11:40 PM
My Dad ran accross this and sent it to me and I thought I would share it with you.

Dear America,

I suppose we should introduce ourselves: We're South Louisiana.

We have arrived on your doorstep on short notice and we apologize for
that, but we never were much for waiting around for invitations. We're not
much on formalities like that.

And we might be staying around your town for a while, enrolling in your
schools and looking for jobs, so we wanted to tell you a few things about
us. We know you didn't ask for this and neither did we, so we're just
going to have to make the best of it.

First of all, we thank you. For your money, your water, your food, your
prayers, your boats and buses and the men and women of your National
Guards, fire departments, hospitals and everyone else who has come to our rescue.

We're a fiercely proud and independent people, and we don't cotton much to
outside interference, but we're not ashamed to accept help when we need

And right now, we need it.

Just don't get carried away. For instance, once we get around to fishing
again, don't try to tell us what kind of lures work best in your waters.

We're not going to listen. We're stubborn that way.

You probably already know that we talk funny and listen to strange music
and eat things you'd probably hire an exterminator to get out of your yard.

We dance even if there's no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much
and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we're suspicious of
others who don't.

But we'll try not to judge you while we're in your town.

Everybody loves their home, we know that. But we love South Louisiana with
a ferocity that borders on the pathological. Sometimes we bury our dead in
LSU sweatshirts.

Often we don't make sense. You may wonder why, for instance - if we could
only carry one small bag of belongings with us on our journey to your
state - why in God's name did we bring a pair of shrimp boots?

We can't really explain that. It is what it is.

You've probably heard that many of us stayed behind. As bad as it is, many
of us cannot fathom a life outside of our border, out in that place we
call Elsewhere.

The only way you could understand that is if you have been there, and so
many of you have. So you realize that when you strip away all the
craziness and bars and parades and music and architecture and all that
hooey, really, the best thing about where we come from is us.

We are what made this place a national treasure. We're good people. And
don't be afraid to ask us how to pronounce our names. It happens all the

When you meet us now and you look into our eyes, you will see the saddest
story ever told. Our hearts are broken into a thousand pieces.

But don't pity us. We're gonna make it. We're resilient. After all, we've
been rooting for the Saints for 35 years. That's got to count for

OK, maybe something else you should know is that we make jokes at
inappropriate times.

But what the hey.

And one more thing: In our part of the country, we're used to having
visitors. It's our way of life.

So when all this is over and we move back home, we will repay to you the hospitality and generosity of spirit you offer to us in this season of our

That is our promise. That is our faith.

This is not from the Crazy idiotic looters that you are seeing on the news this is from the ones that are proud of our home and heritage
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Dennis Peacock
09-10-2005, 9:43 AM
Very good....We have about 300 folks from LA here in Conway. The ones we've met so far are real good folks.

Thanks for sharing.

Ken Fitzgerald
09-10-2005, 9:53 AM

While on board a US Navy ship, I had a guy from New Orleans working for me. He was a kick to work with and a hard worker. Had a little trouble sometimes understanding his use of some of his English but he was patient and would explain the meaning to me.

My heart goes out to those suffering the results of this the greatest of all natural disasters to have happened to our country! I lost a home to a fire as a child, my parents couldn't afford insurance...we lost everything. It's a tough time. The people of the Gulf Coast with the help from the rest of the country will survive and flourish!

Bruce Shiverdecker
09-10-2005, 8:32 PM
WE hope to be able to help................We're so far North that not many want to come. If some do decide to come here, we are ready to welcome you, FOR AS LONG AS YOU WANT, with open arms.

Bruce................Peoria, Illinois Area