Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 23, 2013

A fallen angel

New Orleans - garbage angelI have a soft spot for New Orleans – after so many visits I still know there’s more to discover and more to share.

And although I get the opportunity regularly to see what’s going on, I still feel like the city is a bit like a fallen angel – that it hasn’t completely regained its glory.

Its not that the city hasn’t stood proudly on its two feet since recent natural disasters like Isaac or Katrina, or even that it faces an uphill battle in becoming a state that has better infrastructure to survive Mother Nature’s wrath or the march of technology and change in the 21st century.

There’s a pride in that things aren’t perfect in New Orleans, that old is good, that decayed ain’t so bad. There’s a realization that not everything is going to go to plan and that its inevitable that the city will take care of itself, no matter what outside forces say or do.

As I was out walking my canine friend Alfie around the neighbourhood, I spotted this ceramic angel, sitting on top of a large garbage bin.

I wasn’t sure why it hadn’t been tossed inside or even why it was sitting there, as if purposely waiting for someone to come by and see it.But part of me thinks that this angel is like the city – waiting to welcome anyone who wants to call it home and this city will take care of you.



  1. I think you have summed it up perfectly, this is true not just for New Orleans but for many US cities that are staging a “comeback/recovery” from natural disasters and from economic downturn. My soft spot is for my father’s hometown of Baltimore- when you say Baltimore is back they say ” we didn’t go anywhere except through hell”.

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