Yesterday, it was with great sadness that many of us from our staff attended a funeral of a fellow colleague and great man after his battle against cancer. I enjoyed teaching our intervention time with Cal on a daily basis as we worked with the benchmark students and did most of our project based studies through a history focus.
Cal grew up in New Orleans in the 1960s and would share stories and his perspective from the South on both desegregation and the Civil War. I loved handing a book over to him to read with the kids. He loved to answer and discuss the students' many questions.
As we were at his service yesterday, his son retold a Cajun story about Thibodeaux and Boudreax that Cal often told around the campfire. He asked us to forgive his inaccurate Cajun accent and assured us his dad was much better! I wish that I had heard Cal tell these and the many others that he was so famous for. Even more so, I wish that I had videoed Cal so that I could share them with my kids for years to come. The Cajun accent and vocabulary are quite challenging as I have tried it myself while reading "Petite Rouge".
The story below is a favorite Cajun story of mine, however, I much prefer to have the author of the book read it so the accents are accurate.
I would like to dedicate this post to a dear friend and wonderful man, Cal. We all miss you greatly!
Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I will remember.
Involve me and I learn.
- Benjamin Franklin