My Mama & the Big Easy
My mother rarely writes e-mail to me. She's never grown accustomed to the feel of electric typewriter keyboards, much less a computer. But she wrote to me today on the occasion of my trip to New Orleans. Here's what she wrote - bear with her -there are a few typos:
I hear from the grape vine that you are planning to go with Rob to New
Orleans. You may or may not like for me to tell you whazt kind of place
thazt I think it is.
The first time thazt I went there was during the second world. Mrs. Tipton,
a next door neighbor, and her daughter, Jane, were going to New Orleans to
Nelle Lowdermilk wanted to go and visit Lenoir. The Navy had a
communication center there. I went too -on the train. Margaret made
arrangements for me to sta
with her Mother and Jane. She also helped us to get around and see things
thazt were of good standing. It was during the war, as I say, but I think
it is typical of
these people-French, crossbreeds of Fraench and blacks, etc. You had
segregation on the trollies with these people at the back of the trolley.
We visited the French Quarters of the city. This is really the night spot
of the town. I felt uncomfortable there. It was wine, women, and song. I
believe they may
have thrown some of them in the river, and no one ever heard of them again.
Now, there is alot of facts; it is below sea level. They the dead above
ground. I loved the outdoor, patio type eating places, French, of course.
One that Margaret
took us was "Court of Two Sisters. It was hot, seafood, wine,
The second time that I was there was in the l950's with the Rhynes on our
trip to the west coast. I had done more reading about the place. They had
done that too.
We ate at Antoine's. Supposed to be the oldest eating establishment in New
Orleans, operated by one family line. This is the way Scandinavians
operate. I ordered
pampano which is fish cooked in a paper bag. Of course, the French Market
with coffee chicory, beignets.
Now, I know things have changed since then; but you will find out what
things cost. Manage your money and you may ask advice from a reliable
source, the safest
and historical signicant places. You can' see it all at once, pick out
those places of most importance. It has its own personality.