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A Cajun Girl's Diary. (Part One)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, August 21, 2008

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A young girl takes us into her Cajun world.

My name is Trinity.  Trinity Mary Grace Caillier.  I am thirteen years old, live with my family in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Only, we're not in Lake Charles as I write this.  We're haading towards Lafayette, me, my maman et papa, my brothers Gaston, Troy, William, and T-Boy (real name's Phillip, we call him T-Boy for short, that or Junior), and my sisters Rebecca and Bereniece.  We're going to Lafayette for the annual "LeCajun" Cajun Music Awards Festival, which is this coming weekend.

We've never been to LeCajun before, so this is a first for us.  Now, we've been to several Cajun festivals in and around Lafayette, but never LeCajun.  LeCajun is a combination awards show (think the Grammys)/Cajun music festival; it goes on for three days.  All the best Cajun bands, as well as the newer stars, converge for three days of continuous Cajun music, Cajun crafts, and lots of Cajun food.

(I got the information from the brochure the LeCajun people sent to us.  LOL)

I'm really looking forward to it.  Maybe I can meet some cute guys there, maybe be brave enough to ask for a dance! LOL  It's worth a shot!

Anyway, my name's Trinity, as I alluded to earlier.  I'm the middle child in my family.  I have two older brothers (Gaston--17 and Troy--15) and one older sister (Bereniece), and two younger brothers (T-Boy and William), as well as one younger sister (that's Becca).  Maman is a housewife; daddy works the pipelines; he's gone most of the time; but he's home this weekend, so we could go to LeCajun.

I will be in the eighth grade in a few weeks.  

Some of my interests include reading (I read anything I can get my grubby hands on! LOL), drawing, writing, watching televsion ("Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler", "Rendezvous-des Cajuns", both local shows, "America's Got Talent", "American Idol", "Survivor", and "The Nanny"; I wish Jo Frsot could straighten out our family at times; our family is a mess! LOL), dancing the Cajun two-step or waltz (been dancing since I was knee-high to a grasshopper; it's in my blood!), and going to concerts when I can.  I have seen Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Belton Richard, Wayne Toups, Loretta Lynn, "Beausoleil", Steve Riley, Hunter Hayes, and Reba McEntire in concert; met some of 'em too; they were really cool!

I am a member of the Lake Charles Chapter of the Cajun French Music Association.  I've met some wonderful people at the monthly meetings/dances, and also at some of the Cajun festivals around Lake Charles.  Now we may meet more CFMA'ers at the LeCajun thing in Lafayette; that'd be awesome!

Well, maman is going to pull over so we can stretch our limbs; then we'll continue to motor our way towards Lafayette.  It's a fairly long drive; the kiddoes are starting to get antsy, gripy, so before there's any bloodshed, maman and daddy thinks it's best that we pull over, get our bearings together, and take a break from traveling.  We'll be in Lafayette in a few hours; can't wait!!

I will write in here again another day; I will write more about myself, my family, and especially the Cajun culture that I'm so proud to be a part of!  Until then, this is Trinity saying au revoir, mes cheres!  Laissez les bon temps rouler!! AAIIEE!!

~Trinity M.G. Caillier, aged 13. 

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/23/2008
Excellent offering!!

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/22/2008
This is a great write, I like Trinity's character thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Linda Law 8/22/2008
Like peeking into a completely different culture,yet so like a teen in any culture...I wish I were going with them...I've never been to a Cajun Festival, altho I did visit several Cajun towns when I lived in Mississippi and Louisiana... they are beautiful people, with such a zest for life and music and food.. Can't wait for the next chapter in this little diary of her trip.. lindalaw
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 8/22/2008
I do so love the cajun food. Please eat some for me in fact eats lots of it for me. Enjoy your time away and yes, do dance your feet off. It will be worth it to do that. Have a blast in fact.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/22/2008
Great glimpse into the life of a Cajun child.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/21/2008
A sense of building excitement in this young girl's words, wanting to hear the music that is preserving her culture: well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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