French Cajun Louisiana

3 of my 4 grandparents came from the Bayou Teche region of southwest La which runs down just west of the huge, primeval swamp that is the Atchafalaya Basin. My mother’s mother was from Breaux Bridge, the very heart of French Cajun country, and both my father’s parents came from Charenton, only 35 miles to the south if you were born with wings, but nearly twice that if you are wheel-bound to the old two-lane highway that does its best to follow the frenetic twists and turns of the bayou as it flows through miles of waving sugar cane fields toward the salty waters of the Gulf.