"Everyone looked nervous. I went to get Hector from the nursery and held him all through the storm, which sounded like an endless freight train. The power was out, but a battery-operated AM radio played at the nurses' station. It was filled with reports that made the city seem like the apocalypse." - Katy Reckdahl
This is Hector. We snapped this photo on Mardi Gras day, at the time thinking he was just a cool kid wearing a masterpiece of a viking helmet. Turns out, he has an incredible story. As one of the last babies born before Katrina, the early days of his life were drastically different that those of most infants. Katy Reckdahl, Hector's mom who also happens to be a gifted journalist, wrote about the time leading up to her son's birth and their lives post-Katrina in a beautiful essay entitled, "Labor and Recovery". It's published in the Wildsam Field Guide - New Orleans edition, which also includes interviews and tips lending an offbeat view of New Orleans through locals' eyes. You can pick up a copy of the guide here.