By Cynthia Nichols
For the past 16 years, when Damian and Amy Broussard of Lake Arthur woke up and looked out their window, the couple saw the goat barn. It was a uniquely shaped building keeping 24 goats safe from wind, rain and the elements. However, the family’s life changed on August 27, 2020, when three generations of the Broussard family watched Hurricane Laura blow through their family farm stealing away parts of the goat barn and dropping trees on what she left behind.
Many people in our area are familiar with the Broussard family who have lived in Lake Arthur for over 150 years. Family members include Earl and Kathy Broussard, Damian and Amy Broussard along with their children Jenna and Layton, not to mention all the goats, horses, donkeys, cats, ducks and livestock they raise. Damian is a local Family Nurse Practitioner and Amy is a local Program Director of Surgical Technology at a local community college.
What many people do not know, though, is Damian is an integral part of a 9,000+ member Facebook group named, Real Men Wear Kilts. Real Men Wear Kilts is an on-line group for any person, male or female, with an interest in Celtic heritage, tradition and obviously, the love of wearing a kilt. Damian is a key moderator to the group helping it grow to become a fun, encouraging, knowledgeable and friendly on-line group.
When Hurricane Laura hit, the Real Men’s Group Administrator, Raymond Mhor of Conroe, Texas, and other leaders of the group organized a repair/rebuild team. They saw a kilted brother in need. With the Real Men Group members donating finances to fund the repairs, on September 18 the repair group embarked on a journey to Lake Arthur with the intent to rebuild the barn back to a safe place, again, for the homeless goats. Andrew and Sara Lyon of Fort Worth; Dan Fucella of Clarksville, Tennessee; and Raymond and Cynthia Mhor of Conroe, Texas headed to help the Broussard’s with tools, food, hand sanitizer and donations in tow.
If you have ever seen a group of kilted men working on a construction site, it is certainly a sight to behold. These kilted men show honor to their Celtic family heritage by donning unique kilts that represent each man’s heredity. The kilt patterns are based on a family, clan or military heritage. They forego the work pants and jeans to kilt up and work, as they say, unencumbered.
When asked why the RMWK group wear their unique kilts, Administrator Raymond Mhor explained, “We don our kilts as a fun and unique way to honor our family histories. We don them to show we’re proud of our heritage and military service. But, mostly, we don them to show support and encouragement to our fellow “kilties” as a show of friendship and unity.”
Today, the goat barn is now standing free of hurricane destruction. The kilted workers have returned to their homes. A 9,000-person kilted group on Facebook stepped up to show unity to another kilted member in need. Also, 20 Gallons of hand sanitizer and a substantial donation was made to Lisa Richard of the Lake Arthur Meal Ministry.
Who says nothing good comes from Facebook? Certainly not the Broussard family, the Lake Arthur Meal Ministry, or the Real Men Wear Kilts members.
For more information, check out www.realmenwearkilts.com or their Facebook group, Real Men Wear Kilts.
If you liked this article, you might enjoy reading this one …
By Cynthia A. Nichols
Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man. I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.
I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?
When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle. First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world. I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts! (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).
After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted! Woo hoo!)
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