Under the Sassafras
Nestled between the Atchafalaya Basin and Sugar Island lies Bon Amie, a friendly, quiet town, where nothing exciting ever happens. Until Joelette Benoit’s two sons find a man washed up in the murky water at the edge of the swamp.
Joelette Benoit, a widowed single mother, has sworn to never believe the promises of another sweet talking man. Fiercely independent and determined, she’s hidden away her heart, while struggling to provide for her two sons and lively mother-in-law. She swears the stranger will stay one night, and one night only, until she discovers he has no memory. Now duty-bound to aid him, Joelette decides to offer him a place to heal in exchange for his labor.
Welcome to Bon Amie
Bienvenu, to Bon Amie.
My town is like so many small towns in Louisiana. It might be small but the people that live here more than make up for the size with their bigger than life personalities, and heart. The best way I can describe the Cajun people is that they have the ability to work hard and play just as hard. They love their food and use it as a large part of their social life; their table no matter how small can always hold another guest. It is well known that a young girl cannot leave home without the knowledge of how to make the perfect roux.
Food is not their only love, the music causes everyone in hearing distance to pat their foot, sway their hips and yell out the familiar I’eee. And when they party, which is often, they combine the two loves of food and music. The Fais do-do is the way Cajun people share their heritage and the desire to never forget where they come from, how hard they work, and how deeply they love and still hold on to some of the old ways.
So sit on my porch, sip my sweet tea, smell my pot of gumbo simmering on the stove and listen to my music. Neighbors will drop by and soon you will know them one by one.
My wish is that you’ll feel like dropping by often. I’ll share Cajun recipes with you, as my small granddaughter says, and I’ll make you a story, full of lovable and unique characters that you will remember and think about long after you read.