LABOR OF LOVE
Story by Francisco Alvarado Photos by Adriana Parrilla
Video by Adriana Usero and Juan C. Dávila
OCTOBER 10, 2018
On the surface, life appears to be regaining some sense of normalcy in Puerto Rico. Tourists swarm the streets of Old San Juan on a sultry Saturday evening a week before the anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall. They spill in and out of restaurants and bars operating on full power. Eager Uber drivers sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic to pick up and drop off fares.
Getting to this point took an astonishing amount of work, work that began even as the storm was pulling away from the island a year ago. Some of that work was essential and obvious: People needed food, medical care, gas. But they also needed to get married, to get rides around town, to eat fresh bread. Someone needed to do the work of restoring ordinary routines.
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