Back to New Orleans

The two families I know who moved to Austin from New Orleans after Katrina are now moving back. My son’s classmate is moving back with her artist mom (check out some of Audra’s amazing stuff here). And my neighbors just left. One of them, a girl of about 14, was sitting on the steps outside her place and looking quite sullen, so asked her, “Aren’t you happy to go home?” She stared at me for a bit, then said, “No.” So I asked, “Do you want to stay here?” Again, she said, “No.” Then I totally understood. “You want to go somewhere else?” She nodded emphatically, and smiled.

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