Slain Digger’s Wife Expecting New Baby (BCM)

No, this is not a “color” story about about a cemetery employee. A “digger” is a soldier from Australia or New Zealand. This one was killed in Afghanistan in an explosion, while training the local army. His wife was pregnant.

In the photo accompanying the story, Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney appears dressed up as a celebrity (white tie on black shirt), next to his infant daughter and young wife, in a white dress with black straps (almost a reverse) also looking glamorous. They are standing in the driveway, coming from or going to a social occasion.

Hannah Arendt might have called the scene “the banality of happiness.” Fragile, then gone.

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