Pat Shingleton: "June Weddings..."
By tradition May and June have historically been designated as "Wedding Months" with society sections of local newspapers recognizing engagements and weddings. Fairly Edrington and Joseph Carville will exchange vows Saturday evening here in Baton Rouge with plenty of "cover" from pop-up showers and lots of air-conditioning. Long before air conditioning, antiperspirants and perfumes, hot temperatures and high humidity created some bothersome odors. To combat these “smells”, brides would carry a bouquet of flowers. The wedding bouquet and the tossing of such remains today as matrimony tradition. Years ago, roofs on houses were thatched with thick straw and no rafters. The straw protected dogs, cats, mice and bugs from the elements. During persistent showers, thunderstorms or a brief downpour, the animals and insects would fall from the roof. These episodes initiated the saying… “It’s raining cats and dogs.”