After a heavy rainfall a Dutch farmer saves hay from the saturated ground. Although this is very far from my experience in North Carolina, the weight of the air in these triple digit days is heavy as I lift boxes and strap tape to their cardboard surfaces making ready for postal workers to ship them home. As my Durham days begin to lessen the question of what one keeps and what one saves looms. Wouldn’t it be great if we had the ability to scatter our wares like dried out hay so that the wind can carry them on? Despite having this as my goal what I’ve found instead is the work of making ready to leave is not that different from lifting wet hay.
Heavy rainfall in the Netherlands. Farmer saving hay. Zijperkerk, the Netherlands, July 1953, Nationaal Archief