It’s amazing what our brains are capable of remembering…
This weekend, I began singing a song I heard on our honeymoon- nearly five years ago. Back then, we were in Maui and having dinner on a tour cruise. I think I had the steak? It was good. And, we had a great view of the ocean over the bow. Hmmm… the bow is the front of the boat, right? Anyway, during the evening, one of the tour guides began playing songs and singing. In one song, he sang, “Oh, we’re going to a hukilau [hook-ee-la-oww]. A hookie- a hookie- a hukilau…” That was essentially the chorus. (Oh, what is a hukilau, you ask? Kind of an old school way of fishing, with a very large net. A group of people would cast the net out and drag it back to shore. Then, likely, cook up the fish and enjoy on the beach.)
This weekend, things were crazy. Crazy, like, I cried for half of it, we had to get a hotel room while our poor house had some much needed emergency work, adoption longings, and hormonal moments. As the weekend drew to a close, I found my tears dried up. I often wanted to cry due to being overwhelmed. Yet, laughter came instead. When Joseph and I got on the hotel elevator one morning, I found myself doing the hula to that song we heard on our honeymoon. “Oh, we’re going to a hukilau,” I smiled at my husband, “a huki- a huki- a hukilau. Everybody loves a hukilau. A huki- a huki- a hukilau.” I flirted with him and smiled. Maui is a long ways away. Our next vacation is too far for me to bear. The adoption thing is draining me, and we really haven’t even started. Our home repairs are not covered by insurance, oh joy (and why do we have insurance then???). And, it may take a little bit to get the house to code. Oh, yes, the joys. And, oh, yes, a hukilau is far away… but, a girl can dream.
I think we need to dream of far off lands or even quiet moments to restore. I have mentioned our love of Disney before, and I have the Disney World app on my phone. I occasionally like to view wait times and hours of operation. You know, when you want to be “anywhere else but here.” So, whether you can hop on the next flight out or need to work on saving up for your next getaway, find the mental one you can take to give you a sweet break from the usual- and sometimes overwhelming!- day to day. I highly recommend a hukilau!
Good night, L