It’s funny that I would wait until our last night in Hawai’i to write a blog post. I barely ever write in this blog anyway so I think I’m ok.
So I’m sitting here at my sister’s house on our last night here thinking about the two weeks Vicki, Ella, and I have been here. It was really good to see my family again. It has only been 8 months for me but for Vicki, it’s been 5 and a half years. And Ella has just met her grandma and aunties and uncles for the first time. I wish we had more time to see more of my aunties and uncles and cousins and friends too.
I’ve learned a couple of things on this trip also.
- Traveling with infants is hard. Not just the plane ride either, which actually wasn’t too bad until the end of the second flight. But also the logistics of having an infant with you when you want to go places and do things. Ella has learned to hate her car seat and going anywhere in the car. She wasn’t a big fan of the ocean. She wasn’t too keen on meeting new people, at first. Our days needed to be planned well enough to accommodate feedings and naps and, of course, bed time. Suffice it to say, we are hoping she enjoys these parts of the trip next year when we come back.
- Living on the mainland for so long, I’ve become spoiled with air conditioning. Growing up in Hawai’i, we never had a/c. If it got too hot, we would just turn on the fan and open the windows. Or just sit outside in the tradewinds. After living in Florida for so long, I feel like I need the a/c running in order to be truly cool, even though the weather has been pretty nice here these last two weeks. Thanks Ku’ulei and Donald for letting us turn it on at least a couple times.
- Being away so long, I find myself craving food from places that my family probably never go to unless I’m here. One of my aunties today said something about how they never go to Zippys. I’ve been three times. My sister commented on how she never eats at Big Kahuna Pizza unless I’m here. I guess because I can’t get these things in Florida, it’s all I crave when I’m here.
By this time tomorrow, we’ll be halfway to LA on our way back to Florida. I always hate the last night in Hawai’i because I hate hate hate leaving, every time. I already have that Na Leo Pilimehana song stuck in my head. Even though I know this time that I will be back in a year, I can’t help but be sad to have to go back.