To celebrate her son’s first birthday, L’erin Dobra threw him a Mickey Mouse party. Planning out Grayson’s second birthday party, Ms. Dobra chose a different theme, one that reflected her little boy’s most passionate interest: New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart. Mr. Bart is a familiar face in Louisiana thanks to his ubiquitous TV ads and a firm motto that would make Saul Goodman proud: “One Call, That’s All!” Maybe it has to do with the flashing lights and music featured in the spots, but Grayson can’t stop watching his ads, said Ms. Dobra, a nurse from Prairieville, La. “He’s always been very drawn to Morris Bart commercials,” she told Law Blog. “He used to watch ABC and color videos, and he used to love those. But now he wants to watch Morris Bart commercials.” When they’re not on TV, he watches them on YouTube. For his party in January, which was reported by the Advocate newspaper, she bought a cake with edible photo frosting displaying Mr. Bart in a suit. The kid’s grandmother came through with a toddler-size Morris Bart t-shirt. Grayson unwrapped another gift to reveal a cardboard cutout of the lawyer. “He was kind of shocked,” Ms. Dobra said. The star of the party didn’t make an appearance. But after Ms. Dobra emailed his office about her idea, Mr. Bart sent her an autographed photo, Morris Bart key chains and a New Orleans Pelicans shirt displaying his logo on the back. The shirt was size extra-large. “He’ll have that for a long time,” Ms. Dobra said.
“My mom used to give us pet names (I’m not sure if that’s the name for it, but like when your parents have a special cutesy name for you that is embarrassing? I’m digressing.) Ours were Pugsley and Wednesday. She always wanted us to do this photo and we had flat out refused over and over again. One day in July, she starts braiding my hair and hands my younger brother a shoddily painted white shirt and told us to stand still “or else”. It was too late to attack her now so we relented. Those became the Holiday photos for at least 2 years. And she sent them to everyone. Coworkers, distant friends, family members. My 8th grade teacher got one, she still has it. It makes her laugh. Ugh.”
“I hear my 3 year old screaming, “Help! Mommy!” I ran to find him. Poor thing had forgotten to put his potty seat on and fell in the toilet. Of course, I had to take a picture before helping him out.”
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“When I was about 5 (I’m 40 now) my parents thought it would be fun to take some weird pictures on a camping trip to send to their friends and family. Apparently, we frightened the park ranger. The end result is a pretty fantastic family portrait. I can’t decide if we look more like the missing three from Fleetwood Mac or the leaders of a cult.”
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