Justin Wilson is one of my favorite Cajun storytellers. His sense of humor and his thick accent remind me of my own late father.
Most Louisiana folks know our old friend Boudreaux is the mascot of many a Cajun joke. So here we go....
Boudreaux and the Bridge.
lived across the bayou from Clarence, who Boudreaux did not like. There
was no bridge or other easy way to cross the bayou so the two would
argue by yelling across the bayou. Boudreaux would often yell across
the bayou to Clarence, "Clarence, if I had a way to cross dat bayou, I
would come beat you up!".
The threats continued for many years.
One day the state built a bridge across the Bayou.
Soon after the bridge was built, Boudreaux's wife, Clotile, says
"Boudreaux, you've been talking about going across dat bayou to beat up
Clarence all dese years. Now that they have dat bridge, what are you
So Boudreaux decided it was time to go see Clarence, so he started walking down to the bridge.
Just as he was getting ready to cross the bridge, he looks up at the sign on the bridge, reads it, and goes back home.
When Boudreaux gets home, Clotile asks "Mais, Boudreaux, did you go
beat up Clarence?" Boudreaux said, "Mais no Clotile, dat sign on dat
bridge says 'Clearance 13 feet 3 inches'. Mais, Clotile, Clarence don't
look dat big from across de bayou!"