Our friend, Lorianne DiSabato lives in Keene, NH where there has been recent flooding. She writes:
hopes, dreams, and fears of a group of American soldiers in Vietnam are
expressed through the belongings in their backpacks. Laden with too much
physical and psychological stuff, the men refuse to carry one ounce more than
they must…and yet they still find the room and the strength to tote photos,
books, and other mementos. When faced with the bare-bones reality of life and
death, people grow surprisingly sentimental. Stripped of everything but the will
to survive, only the most desperate soldier will willingly part with the
letters, photographs, and other trinkets that remind him of home.
the outlying areas that lost entire houses, roads, and bridges, Keene got off
easy in terms of infrastructural damage. Even so, sometimes it’s the loss of
little things that brings bigger losses into perspective.."
"The things they (used to) carry"
Visit her blog, "Hoarded Ordinaries"