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Letter from the Editor: Lean In

Oct 26, 2023 11:09AM ● By Jen Gennaro

 THE -BER MONTHS ARE HERE! In other parts of the country, this means apple picking, breathtaking foliage, crisp fall mornings, the first snowfall… and in our corner of the world, we order a PSL to kick off Hot-Autumn. If you are like us and love your people too much to ever leave for cooler climates, let’s lean in to what the Boot offers us this season.

Fall in Zachary ushers in lots of things to do outside: a Saturday spent tailgating under LSU’s stately oaks; waking up at dawn to watch your school-age kids compete in cross country or swim meets; hunting season, heralded by September’s first dove hunt and progressing to other game through the season. For the gardeners, bumper crops of sweet potatoes, okra, and even cushaw and pumpkins – if you planned ahead. And is there a more exciting sight for country kids than fresh hay bales? Not to jump on, of course… just to, um, admire. 

 No matter how you spend your mundane days and holidays, one thing’s for sure: it’s always better with family, and family is what you make it. This issue, we’re featuring stories of local families–biological, adoptive, blended, chosen, and everything in between. “The family issue” is a celebration of the diverse tapestry that makes the modern family all over the world, and here in our hometown.

And, yes, the family issue is a play on words about navigating all that the holidays bring - traditions and travels that maybe don’t work in this stage of life, making sure both sets of in-laws get their fair share of time, the pressure to “make memories” with your kids – it’s a whirlwind few months for sure. 

For many, “the holidays” begin with Halloween, and that’s why we’ve chosen to include it in our first Holiday Guide. We’ve curated pages of inspo on celebrating in Zachary – things to do, how to host  the perfect party, and who and where to turn for decor, treats, and gifts. While shopping online is quick and easy, shopping here in town supports our neighbors and bolsters our local economy. So, this Christmas, think outside the Amazon box. Give the gift of travel, perhaps? What about half a cow? See what I’m talking about in our Shop Local Gift Guide starting on page 30.

Whatever this harvest season brings you, be it in the garden or under the tree, we at P&P are wishing you peace, joy and love.

Happy fall, y’all!

Jen & The P&P Crew