A Cajun’s 12 Days of Christmas

 

One of my favorite Tales, A Cajun’s 12 Days of Christmas!

Day 1
Dear Boudreaux,
Thanks for de bird in de Pear tree. I fix it las’ night with dirty rice. I doan tink de pear tree will grow in de swamp, so I swap it for a Satsuma.

Day 2
Dear Boudreaux,
Your letter say you sent two turtle doves, but all I got was two scrawny pigeons. Anyway, I mixed dem with andouille an’ made some gumbo out of dem.

Day 3
Dear Boudreaux,
Why doan you sent some crawfish? I’m tired of eating dem darn birds.
I gave two of dose prissy French chickens to Marie Trahan over at Grans Bayouan fed the tird one to my dog Phideaux. Marie needed some sparing partners for her fighting rooster.

Day 4
Dear Boudreaux, Mon Dieux!
I tol’ you no more friggin’ birds. Deez four, what you call dem “calling birds” wereso noisy you could hear dem all de way to Napoleonville. I used dere necks for my crab traps, an fed de rest of dem to de gators.

Day 5
Dear Boudreaux,
You finally sen’ somethin’ useful. I like dem golden rings. I hocked dem at da pawn shop in Thibodeaux and got enuff money to fix da shaft on my shrimp boat an buy a round for da boys at de ‘Raisin’ Cane Lounge’. Merci Beaucoup!

Day 6
Dear Boudreaux, Couchon!
Back to da birds, you Cajun turkey! Poor egg suckin’ Phideaux is scared to
death at dem six geeses. He tried to eat dems eggs and dey peck de heck out
ah his snout. Dey good at eating cockroaches, though. I may stuff one of
dem wit orster dressing on Christmas day.

Day 7
Dear Boudreaux,
I’m gonna wring your fool neck next time I see you. Thibeau, da mailman,
is ready to kill ya. The merde from all dem birds is stinkin’ up his mailboat.
He afraid someone will slip on dat stuff and sue him good. I let those seven
swans loose to swim on de bayou and some duck hunters from Mississippi
blasted dem out of de water. Talk to you tomorrow.

Day 8
Dear Boudreaux,
Poor ole Thibeau, he had to make tree trips on his mailboat to deliver dem
eight maids a milkin’ and their cows. One of dem cows got spooked by da
alligators and almost tipped over da boat. I doan like dem shiftless maids,
me no. I tolt dem to get to work guttin fish and sweeping the shack but dey
say it wasn’t in dair contract. Dey probably think dey too good ta skin nutrias I caught las’ night.

Day 9
Dear Boudreaux,
What you trying to do huh? Thibeau had to borrow the Lutcher ferry to
carry dem jumpin twits you call Lords-a-Leaping across the bayou.
As soon as dey gots here dey wanted a tea break with crumpets. I doan know what dat means but I says, “Well La Di Da. You get chicory coffee or nuttin’.” Mon Dieu, Emile. what I’m gonna feed all dese bozos? Dey too snooty for fried nutria, and de cows done eat my turnip greens.

Day 10
Dear Boudreaux,
You got to be outs your mind! If de mailman don’t kill you, I will fo’ sure.
Today he deliver 10 half nikid floozies from Bourbon Street. Dey said
dey be ‘Ladies Dancin’ but dey doan act like ladies in front of dose Limey
twits. Dey almos’ left after one of dem got bit by a water moccasin over by
da out-house. I had to butcher 2 cows to feed toute le monde an had to get
toilet paper; the Sears catalog wasn’t good enuf fer dose hoity toity Lords’
royal behin’.

Day 11
Dear Boudreaux,
Where y’at? Cheerio an pip pip. Your eleven pipers piping arrives today
from the House of Blues, second lining as dey got off de boat. We fixed
snuffed goose and beef jambalaya and we having a fais-do-do. Da new
mailman he having a good time, yeah, dancing with de floozies. Thibeau
he jump off de Sunshine Bridge yesterday, screaming your name. If you
get a mysterious, ticking package in de mail, doan open it.

Day 12
Dear Boudreaux,
I sorry to tell ya but I not your true love anymore, no. After da fais-do-do,
I spent de night with Jacque, de head piper. We decide to open a restaurant
and gentleman’s club on de bayou. The floozies, pardon me, Ladies dancing,
can make $20 for a table dance, and de Lords can be waiters an valet park
de boats. Since de maids doan have no more cows ta milk, I trained dem ta
set my crab traps, watch my trotlines, an run my shrimping business. We will probably gross a million nex year.

Let me know if you need any translating!  xxPP

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