Hawaii is about 2,300 miles at a distance now but just a heartbeat away in our mind and heart. This is what experiences do when they enter our psyche. They abolish time and space and become immortal, i.e. they live forever in the vault of memory. Now I am very happy to have the last three weeks immortalized within.
As Seals & Crofts sang in their song, “We may never pass this way again.”
My earthly existence has not been all roses. But I know that when I fully experience life unfiltered, even when it feels unbearable, it is better.
We are writing the book of our lives as we go along.
When we landed in Los Angeles friends took us in. We toured around together and visited the famous Laurel Canyon—of movie, artist and musician fame. Then lunch on Sunset Blvd, and an afternoon at the Getty Museum.
Now we are in Santa Barbara. My two brothers live here. The town has many memories for me. I lived here at one time, and my parents had a home in Santa Barbara for thirty years. My daughter spent some of the last months of her life here—with me beside her.
Today after a family breakfast we went lawn bowling, then I took Amy to see the home my parents lived in. It is close to the Old Mission, so we visited, then walked to the rose garden across the way. Remarkable that roses are blooming. The most fragrant we decided upon was called Peace.
Meanwhile back in Santa Fe it is snowing. We will be there tomorrow.
I have to learn to live with shoes on my feet again.
Thank you so much for sharing your time in Hawaii so eloquently. I lived in Honolulu in my high school years and I go back frequently for reunions - and sometimes just to paint. It is my home away from home and it touches me that you are so inspired by it also. I love your photos and your words. I hope to meet you in person when I return to Santa Fe next summer and share our memories of the most beautiful place on earth.
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