I am not an early riser. Never was, never will be. So I hardly ever catch a sunrise, but I can see a sunset. Where I live we have many trees so it’s difficult to see the broad horizon. Instead, in the evening, I watch the clouds and sky, and when I see some clouds with red rays, Mr. UT and I jump in the car and chase the sunset down. (With me in my pajamas!) LOL
We have lakes all around us, no more than 10 to 20 minutes away, so if we time it right, we can see the full beauty of the falling sun.
The first time we found a spot to watch the sunset, was at a downtown city lake, called Lake Bde Maka Ska. We broke a few speed limits to get there in time! The first thing I noticed was not the sunset, but all the people out enjoying the evening coolness. There were families, friends, and many people celebrating the holiday of Eid al-Adha. There were people of all races and ages. Walking, biking, sitting having a picnic by the water’s edge waiting for the sunset. (Most observing social distancing.) It felt joyful, peaceful and calm.
The next time we found the sunset was at small lake with a beach. Once again, there were families, of many different races and ethnic groups, enjoying a picnic, or an evening swim. There was a soft glow to everything, which made it seem so peaceful.
There was a special beauty on those nights, and I know if I had just sat in my backyard, I would have missed it. Not just the sunsets, but the happiness and joy I saw in the people. Even in the midst of a pandemic, in the midst of hardship, sadness, and pain, I must leave the my comfort place, and see life around me.
On the second night, a little boy with his smaller sister came up to Mr. UT and asked,”Hey Mister. Can we swim here?” He was pointing to a roped off area of the beach. When Mr. UT said no, the little boy asked with a little smile and gleam in his eye,”Is there something out there? Are there sharks?”
If you want to hug a sunset,
Embrace the rays of red,
Draw close the golden yellow,
Let day lay down its head.
With my car keys ready to go,
On 5 Months, 11 Months, and 4 days,