We are all so proud of our New Orleans Saints - Saints fever is everywhere ... statewide! Signs all over our town say, "Who Dat?" or "Believe Dat!" or "Won Dat!"
Monday and Tuesday regular t.v. programming was pre-empted for Saints specials and of course, live coverage of the Saints victory parade - Lambardi Gras - in New Orleans.
You can't go anywhere without seeing people in Saints shirts, talking about the game and well, just smiling ear to ear.
This win is about so much more than a football game for us down here. New Orleans, the state and the whole Gulf Coast have had it rough for the past few years.
FOUR hurricanes have seriously damaged Louisiana since 2005. Of course, everyone remembers Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that left us black and blue and well, heartbroken.
It is amazing for us to think that just 4 1/2 years ago, we didn't know if New Orleans would EVER be functional again. The devastation was so widespread and I think everyone around here knows someone who was directly affected.
During Katrina, the Superdome became the symbol of the human suffering caused by Katrina.
When the Saints returned to the Dome for their first game after Katrina, something was different in the air ... their return symbolized hope, determination to rebuild, and a sense of destiny.
It's hard to believe that people still aren't home after Katrina. They've settled elsewhere ... Houston, Atlanta, and beyond. We've also lost casualties to our state's brain drain with many of our young people going off to college or accepting jobs outside of our state.
But, everyone who's left Louisiana would agree that they miss the magic here.
No matter where you were, no matter how your life has changed ... for just one night ... everyone from Louisiana was "home" when the Saints won.
I think the ONLY thing around here that would get people to change gears from the Saints win ... is well ... SNOW! Or, sneaux as we call it.
I can't believe it's snowing for the THIRD time in just over a year. I don't think it's snowed three times in my lifetime here before that!
We're hoping it sticks, but it's okay if it doesn't ... we're just enjoying God's little surprise!
P.S. If you want to know more about why we say, "Who Dat?" you can click here :)