On war veterans and youth

The hierarchy of suffering game

Part two of Music, Art, and Trauma

For my teenaged son and his generation

I don’t know if you remember any of the stories that your father told us about growing up in Manutasi, Ainaro and walking several miles to school barefoot. He used to compete with you all the time saying: “Maura, in my time, I walked several miles to school — barefoot.”

And you’d retort: “You’re the one who buys me sandals and shoes. I would happily walk several miles to school barefoot.”