Saturday, May 15, 2010

What's "lagniappe" anyway?

From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

Pronunciation: \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\
Function: noun
Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, fromla + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added
Date: 1844
: a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; broadly :something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure

It's a Cajun thing. I can still go to the produce market by my house, and if I spend $15 I get a free bag of potatoes or onions. Lagniappe rocks!

We are blessed with children who love to learn, even more so as they get older. Even before we decided to officially homeschool our oldest, we were doing a little extra: after-schooling and summer schooling.   Not a day goes by in this house that someone doesn't learn something, even beyond, "I learned my sister's head swells when I hit her with the big magnet ball." In the process of teaching them, I learn new stuff too. Plus, I get to watch them enjoy learning a little something new every day. Call me selfish, but I think that's the best kind of lagniappe around!