The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Things that will always make me think of Hawaii

1.  "Slippas" (flip flops) outside of every door (even at school.)

2.  Rainbows (where is this place I live that people don't even notice rainbows unless they are "significant", as in a double, a full arch that you can actually see the end of, etc.)  In their defense, rainbows truly are an every day occurrence.

3.  Plumeria.

4.  Nice people, everywhere.  Did any of you see the interview with "Danno" from Hawaii Five O this week on Late Night?  When asked whether he liked living in Hawaii, his response was, "It's great for the first couple of months, but eventually you start to miss angry people."  HA!  It's so true.  People let you in front of them in traffic.  The check-out line takes a while because most of the folks are going to "chat you up" while they are checking you out.  I don't really know that I've seen anyone be impatient here.

5.  Clouds on mountains.  We live on the drier side of the mountain so the sun will be beaming here, but there will be ominous clouds "up on the ridge."  It's completely majestic.

6.  Walking to school.

7.  Walking to pre-school.

8.  Spam Musubi   (Which, by the way, is sold at gas stations very similarly to the dried out hot-dogs and burritos they sell at convenience stores in TN.)

9.  Brian's Jeep  Dreaming of bringing it home with us, but who am I kidding...  there are about three days out of the year that are actually mild enough to enjoy it in TN.

10.  No air-conditioning.

11.  Poll "baths" instead of "real" baths.  Oops... Make that Pool Baths!  :)  Thanks Barb!

My favorite thing on the planet is being barefoot.  I absolutely adore flip-flops.  To be quite honest, if I had the community here that I have in TN (family, friends, neighbors, school, etc.) I would be so tempted to stay.  The pervasive attitude here, where it's really okay if I run up to the school barefoot because Liam forgot his glasses, just fits me so well.  I love how laid back everyone is.  I love how no one is putting on heels to go to the PTO meeting.  Everyone is just relaxed and giving everyone else the grace to live as they please.


Barb said...

It sounds glorious there! EXCEPT for the spam snack - do you actually eat that? Those plumeria are sooo beautiful. Will you be explaining what a poll bath is?

Kim said...

Rainbows everyday ... how cool is that?
And yep ... we are still wearing our flip flops too.
Love this post.
I totally get it. If we could beam our TN friends and family to Hong Kong ... we'd stay in this laid back, global, expat community forever where their are zero pressures to "keep up with Jones".

Lindsay said...

You should work for their tourist board - you've got me sold on the place :)