The morning session at the cotton farm, while a lot of fun, was at times an exercise in frustration.
I was trying to recover from a migraine and was thus very sensitive to sound. The places we walked to during the interview, though interesting and informative, were conducive to a lot of excess noise, which not only prevented me from hearing Charles Parker, but also kept my recorder from doing the same.
The second half of the day was much better for this. My favorite aspect of the second half of the day was getting time to explore the actual damage caused by the floods.
There is no better way to understand it, than to see it first-hand.
Also, speaking to Wanda Wallace at dinner allowed us to put a face to a tragedy, which is good for a story like this one.
-Steven Rich, edited by Emily Garnett