Iko Iko!

Ok. So, it was a sad weekend in New Orleans. However, I think that we have to be grateful for the season we had. For the most part, the Saints worked hard(to the point of injury, for some) and maintained their fighting spirit. It doesn’t mean we can’t “repeat dat” one day…it just might not be as soon as we’d hoped.

 But in the spirit of carnival, and in the spirit of optimism, let’s consider that even making it to the play-offs deserves an IKO IKO! I recently did a little wiki research on this West African/Indian expression to find that it was used as a victory chant and also means “well done” , or “congratulations” among other West African groups. So let’s bestow some joy and kudos and bless our boys! There’s always next year.

all you do is win win win

no matter what you do! The tiger band proudly pumped up the student section with that fun song and we had it stuck in our heads all night!  It’s true that this past weekend was triumphant in the food, the football, and the company. The Cooks came to visit and we kicked it off with a lovely evening at Dante’s Kitchen. Our bellies thanked us after! Then, a back to back victory in Tiger Stadium and the Dome topped off the weekend. I also got to see my precious little sisters in Baton Rouge and visited with Darby and Matt on Sunday. It was a great starter to this thanksgiving week and got me thinking of one of my favorite reflections on gratitude. Hope your family celebrations are fun and filling.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”-Melody Beattie