However, due to an unexpected loss, my trip turned out to be a mix of joyous return and deep grief. Hence the needed time to recuperate.
Just the other day I received a comment on one of my blog posts from my mom. She was simply reflecting on some of the pictures I had taken of my dad's garden while I was there, and she added her own commentary on the memories these plants and flowers brought to her mind.
I think her words and her writing can give you all a background look into why I am the writer that I am today.
Here are the telling words of a drifter's mom...(for more background info on what she is referring to, check out the post here.)
Reflections of a Drifter's Mom
"The taro patch, stream, ocean and path to the falls was our playground. I can still see and smell my tutu* frying up fresh o'opu^ and lenalena# pancakes. Mmmmmm...good!"
^A freshwater fish that grows in the streams of Hawaii
#Authentic Molokai-style homemade pancakes
"I can still hear her calling out, 'Hui!'* as she approached their homes, and them saying in return, 'E Komo Mai!'^ "
"As they spoke Hawaiian to one another it sounded so beautiful. The words flowed so gently from their mouths, like music to my ears."
"Now they are all gone, but the memories are still etched in my heart and memory."
^Traditional phrase for inviting, welcoming or giving someone permission to approach
"And the yellow hibisicus with the pale pink center actually came from Lanai. It came from the yard of my bridemaid who is still a very good friend of ours."
"[I] enjoy reading your blog. Hana hou!*"
Lessons Learned From a Trip Home
Going home for a visit once in a while can sometimes be like much needed therapy to bring you back and make you whole again.
Thanks, Mom, for your awesome comments and for taking us back on a trip into what it was like for you growing up on the island of Molokai, Hawaii!
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