These days, the sunsets just seem sweeter.
Some of that is definitely due to less pollution and smog. Lima is a city of more than 13 million people and is notorious for traffic. Having a mandatory quarantine is one way to clear the cars, and the skies.
But more than that, there is a sweetness that comes from gratefulness. As the world around us seems more chaotic and unsure than ever, the things that stand and matter have a way of rising to the top, if we let them.
Peru’s coronavirus crisis is not over yet. It’s still on the rise with more cases, and deaths, each day. The country is now approaching six weeks of mandatory shelter-in-place orders, enforced by military and police. That is six weeks of no income. No relief money or food. And frankly, no foreseeable end in sight.
But one sight we can count on each day? Sunsets. And just as they set, with the clearest skies and brightest colors we’ve ever seen, we also count on it rising again in the morning.