Hello fellow New Orleans moms, grandmoms, and moms-to-be!
When Ashley asked me to be a contributor to this amazing resource, I couldn’t think of anything that more appropriately brought together my two greatest passions – my family and my hometown. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be on this journey with all of you as we navigate through the rewards and challenges of raising little NOLA girls and boys. The folks who will be tagging along with me on our journey are my husband Mark, my daughter Jane, and my Puggle Beignet.
Twelve years ago, when my husband told his father, who practiced medicine in Mississippi and knew a lot of New Orleanians, that he had met and fallen for a New Orleans girl, my father-in-law told him he really better like the city because he’s never leaving. In local lingo, “Ain’t dat da trute.” There is a magnetic draw to this city that makes it impossible for people who love it to leave for good, or at all. I recently heard someone say that this is our city’s greatest weakness. I beg to disagree. I firmly believe that we stay or, in many cases, return to New Orleans because there is no more magical a city in the world.
Mark and I often talk about raising Jane to be a strong and independent woman who has the tools she needs to follow her dreams. My greatest fear, of course, will be that her dreams will take her away from me and New Orleans. As an Italian Catholic, my instinct is to fill her with guilt at the thought of spending more than seven nights away from me. However, I have promised Mark that I will tuck that trick deep down in my soul and not use it as a way to get what I want. Instead, we have decided to spend each and every day introducing Jane to all of the things that make living in New Orleans so incredibly special.
We will take her to festivals, and brunches, and parades, and tailgates. We will eat red beans every Monday and King Cake every 6th of January. We will catch snowflakes on Fulton Street when it’s cold and eat sno-balls at Hansen’s when it’s hot. We will live our life to the fullest always surrounded by family and friends because that is why you never leave New Orleans for long.
I hope you will come along on our adventures as we introduce Jane to everything we love so much about New Orleans.
And, I hope you’ll join me in two weeks when I discuss my smockaholism (I just can’t stop shopping for Jane!!).