Without power our days tend to end early, and thus also begin so, the natural circadian rhythm takes over, and we maximize our days. So we wake early and walk to the convenience store in the corner where I get a café negro, and Ollie gets a pear juice de cajita. The options are not always there, things run out and it takes a while for them to be restocked. So he's fluctuated between peach, Orange, fruit punch, pineapple. He dislikes passion fruit, we found out the hard way, and pear seems not to be popular because we've been able to find it a few days in a row. But the black coffee has never faltered.
We have a few people we always see, an older man, our morning friend. We used to sit in the same spot outside the gas station before they opened up the table sections. Retired salsa singer.
Aileen, a teacher in a school that hasn't started classes yet, and has found a gig driving journalists around the island.
And there's Rafael- el que pide pa Los perros- the one who begs for the dogs- He rescues and takes care of street dogs- feeds packs- He was telling me how he took in 40 cats just for the hurricane- so they'd have a safe place to shelter from before setting them free again- What a kind soul. Of course I give him everything I have on me: from mosquito repellent to flashlight to a few cans of dog food I had received as a donation. He's amazing.
From here, Ollie and I go cook, wherever the kitchen might be that day, and distribute it to the nursing homes. At Egida La Merced they say, "Por ahí viene La Niña de Las Habichuelas" (There goes the Beans Girl) And then we run supply runs. Picking up or delivering. Today was a delivering day to Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos and Hogar Fatima in Bayamón. Ollie loves it in the latter. They have a pack of dogs that protects the residents, the girls and the nuns. And although they chased Ollie the first time we went, they now love each other. The orphanage sits atop a hill, and it's so peaceful there! And the nuns are so sweet and patient and kind, Ollie didn't want to leave!
Our days are so full, and there's a million inconveniences, but our hearts are at peace and singing.