G is for Green

G is for Green

Green like this little piece of work that arrived on our doorstep yesterday:
Anybody know how to get a little boy to use it? Pointers are appreciated.

But really I mean the green of the great outdoors. The grass and trees and bushes. I miss it. This winter has felt really long. And cold. And we are often reminded that we chose to leave Hawaii so we could be here now. Hawaii, where everything is green (except our garden) and growing and warm and humid. It sounds lovely right now. I am especially reminded of this on days like today, when LOST is on and Micah and I spend an hour in the evenings wishing we could chase the castaways around the island and trying to figure out if we know where anything is filmed (we usually don’t).
It took me a long time to feel comfortable with Hawaii. I’d say I only really enjoyed the last 6 months, after our exit strategy was in place. But of course I now look back with fondness on the whole experience. And I miss it. I miss Saturday hikes on the Hau’ula trails, evening runs on Kam Highway, walking across the street to the beach, snorkeling at Sharks Cove, shave ice with ice cream in the bottom from Matsumoto’s. I miss (dare I say it) the chickens — if only because they were such a loud part of our life there. And they are better than the drunken yelling we get here sometimes. I miss being able to go tell people that we’re on our way to Honolulu and we’re going to Waikiki Beach. I miss looking for waterfalls on the windward side of the H-3 tunnel. I miss the times when it was just me and Micah doing whatever we wanted to do. I miss having lunch together outside the Cannon Center and walking home from work down Kulanui Street. I miss our friends. It seems like I barely got to know most of them before we had to leave (thank heaven for blogs). And the one thing I miss in particular is the drive between Punalu’u and Kaneohe, past Ka’a’awa, where the highway is so close to the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other and some times you are driving through the jungle and everything is so green and the road is windy and it felt so wild. I miss that. And I can’t wait to go back.

7 thoughts on “G is for Green

  1. I can relate to how you only started to like Hawaii after you had been here a while… the longer I am here, the more I fall in love with Hawaii.

    We are planning to stay here (if we can find good housing after we graduate). You guys should come back to Paradise.

  2. we miss you too, lizzie! and what?! you don’t miss the financial aid office? that’s just crazy talk! hahaha!! i’m glad i got to know you a little better through blogging too. =) hope to see u guys when you come back!

  3. I’m with Abs. I’d love to go back with you. Your post made me miss the mission. This winter has been horribly long and bitter cold and I am so ready for Spring! Right now I don’t think that I could possibly miss living in Provo because I am so ready to move on with my life, but I have a feeling that I might. I’m really trying to remind myself to enjoy where I’m at while I’m here, but I don’t think that I’m doing a very good job. Thanks for the post. Ü

  4. Whenever I start thinking I miss the Caribbean, I remind myself how horrible it was being in the horrible, stifling heat, having cockroaches all over our apartment, getting broken into, the centipedes, etc. Pretty soon, I’m very happy being wherever the heck I am.

    BTW, speaking of Lost, why wasn’t there one last night?? How frustrating.

  5. I can relate. I didn’t really settle in to Sichuan until we had our farewell tickets either. I feel like I wasted so much of what little time we had. And all those years wishing for kids; it wasn’t until Bente expressed how lucky we were one night when we decided to go visit Conan’s good friend at 11 that I realized how precious those pre-child days are.

    Regarding the little green thing in the bathroom, with one of my kids the “how to toilet train in less than a day” book was great. I wouldn’t expect perfection and zero accidents in a day, but I would expect that he could get the whole strategy down and be well on his way by the end of the day. Good luck with that! That said, Keane and I are still trying to get going on that train.

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