When I look at photographs from before the storm, pictures of our house with our stuff and our children living in it, pictures of our neighborhood with green lawns and people, pictures of our city showing the way life was then, it all seems so long ago, like some long-lost era.
I had a similar feeling the other day when I was looking at New Orleans in Google Maps. I pulled up the satellite pictures and zoomed in and realized they're all from before the storm. You can make out a remarkable level of detail: well kept yards; intact houses; streets full of cars; a living, vital Lower 9th; Lakeview; our neighborhood. It's easy to forget that things once looked like that, and seeing it again gave me a touch of the chills.