My husband, Tom, opened the package of hockey software he'd ordered online from a Louisiana company. He tore past the bubble-pack and eagerly inspected his new acquisition.
"Hey, what's this?" he looked puzzled as he took a small packet of Cajun Seasoning from the box. Attached was a note, which read,
"Lagniappe" is a Louisiana French word which means "a little something extra."
Enjoy this lagniappe...on us!
Lagniappe, pronounced, "lan-yap" is a term all Louisianans know. I asked my friend Bridgette, a true Steel-Magnolia-Louisiana-born-n-bred-Southern woman about it. "Oh, yes," she said in her charming drawl. "It's just a lil' somethin'. Like a lil' gift that's not expected." (I LOVE how she talks!)
That company didn't have to put a spice packet into a sports order.
But they did...and we remember it.
I've often thought about "lagniappe" in every day life. It's wonderful to be the recipient of something "extra" that you didn't expect. Just yesterday at Sonic, we got TWO extra peppermints! Now, WHY did I feel excited about two silly peppermints?
Because I didn't expect it.
Today's Small Thing is to give someone else a lil' Lagniappe. Maybe it's an extra cookie in the lunch box, or a note that says you love them. Or how about a fancy garnish on the dinner plate? Hmmm. A back rub or foot rub. A stick of gum in a letter. An extra kiss good-bye. Or a lil' somethin else your man didn't see coming his way. You choose what to do!
It's fun and it's easy because it's so small.
Just our kind of thing.
Ooooh! 50 Major points for some Cajun Lagniappe!
Feel free to share your "little something extra" with us! It's more fun that way.