Yes, it’s time for another lesson in Cajun French. First, be sure to leave a comment on Sayde Grace’s author interview for a chance to win a copy of one of her smexy cowboy books! You have until tonight to get your comment in and I’ll announce the winner on Fantasy Man Friday!
Now for the Cajun Phrase. In today’s lesson, it isn’t a phrase, but a word. Parrain. You would pronounce this word “pa-ra (n)”. A parrain is a godfather, or spiritual sponsor. When babies are christened, they’re sponsored by a set of godparents, the parrain (godfather), and the nanny (godmother). Let me just point out, this is not, I repeat not, like the mafia godfather!
Like any member of your family, godparents differ in how much attention they give their godchildren. Some parrains are serious-minded, some are neglectful, some are in your business all the time, and some are the strangest people you’ll ever meet. The parents choose the parrain, of course, and sometimes they don’t make the best decisions. Friends, while you hope they’re yours forever, aren’t always the best people to be godparents for your children. Friendships end. Family, on the other hand, no matter how much you wish you could ship them to a deserted island and forget about them, are yours forever.
Anyway, in honor of the upcoming Christmas season and today’s Cajun French word, I found this little gem of a song. It isn’t technically a Christmas song, though it is sung to the tune of Winter Wonderland.
If you listen to the speaker/singer carefully, you can hear the Cajun accent in his voice. This is close to the genuine Cajun accent I hear day in and day out. Apparently, Cajun Man Ron “Black” Guidry lives not far from where I do, so I suppose he’s a neighbor. Huh. How about that?
Please ignore the silly words all over the video. It was the only one I could find with the entire song.
So what do you think? Does this put you in the Christmas spirit, or do you have an earworm now?