Summertime in Baton Rouge Reflections on a Life in the Big Raggedy
Baton Rouge is all I’ve ever known. I’ve lived here my whole life, and for many reasons, I’ll always call this city my home — no matter where life takes me. At the end of the day, I’m just proud to be from here. I am proud of where I went to school and where I grew up. There are too many fond memories to count in this great city, and that’s why I think I’ve stayed here all these years. There’s something to be said about giving back to the community that raised you, and I think that is my ultimate goal in practicing law here. Through my firm, I am able to give voice to those who need it most in our little area of the world, and that gives me peace when I come home at night. This time of year always makes me a little reminiscent of the summer days I spent running around here. I look back to the time spent at the pool and playing pickup games with my friends, and it makes me feel a greater sense of pride to still be living and working here. Simply put, my roots run deep. My family has ties in this community that go way back, and it is from those connections that I came to be where I am today — granted, with a lot of hard work along the way. There is no better feeling than being in the place you call home, especially in the summertime. Not much has changed since I was that little kid running around in the Louisiana heat, except the normal shifts into adulthood. The biggest change for me is that I can make a difference now. I aim to give the youth in our community something to look up to, giving them the confidence they need to get out of whatever may be troubling them. The way things are now, there’s no reason you can’t make something of yourself in this city. I should know.
spin on the levee on a nice day and spending an afternoon or two on the LSU lake. When it’s time to get some Cajun-style crawfish, I head down to the Boil & Roux to pay my respects. When the season comes around, I also make the trip to pay my respects to my alma mater. You can always find me cheering on the Southern University football team from the bleachers and meeting with old friends at the tailgate. In fact, I make sure to go back to all my schools in one way or another. It’s always something I hoped I could do when I was a student, and I couldn’t be happier that I’m in a position to follow through today. I make contributions to Park Forest Elementary and Glen Oaks High School and always keep my eyes open for any opportunity to help them. They deserve that much for the education they’ve given me. If you’re new to the area, you’ll soon find out how our tightknit community operates. We like to take care of our own here, and we’re always ready to lend a helping hand. If you ever feel you need help, I’d love to do the same for
you. Your friends at Dathan Hill Law are always standing by to give you the representation you deserve — no matter what it takes. To find out more about what we can do for you, from personal injury claims to criminal defense, you can visit our website anytime at DathanHill. com or give us a call at 225-224-6412. To learn more about the best destinations in Baton Rouge, including some secret gems, visit BeBatonRouge.com.
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Today, I like to spend my summer like a lot of this town’s residents. I love taking my car for a
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