This is the 5th day of our journey to Hawaii about 18 months ago. It was a very special time, filled with great joy and trepidation. This is the writing (Day1 through to Day 4 have already been published on this blog, so feel free to give them a read) I did to cope with my own journey of acceptance and exploration of who I am as a person simply through the documentation of my own experience as a parent, a carer of a child experiencing Anxiety, a wife, a woman, a person…
Saturday 19th July 2014
Wow, what a day. A nice light breakfast and a quick wave off to Hubby as he strode off to climb a mighty mountain. I am so pleased that he got out to do something he really loves.
Meanwhile I stayed at home, laid on the grass and meditated on being in the present moment. I broke the flowers off the leis we had received yesterday and created a circle in which to offer healing to the Earth and myself.
Yesterday during the film they talked of Mother Earth and Father sky. I liked this. It resonated with me. The yin and yang. So I offered healing to this land and the gateway to the beach. I then opened the gateway and delved through the tunnel of vines to the beach. It was tremendous. I honored the path by taking beautiful photographs of the journey I walked.
I came back to the house and rested, taking care of the boys and again taking the time to nurture my own needs of being present moment. It hit noon and I figured I would make some lunch, the King of the Mountain timed it beautifully, covered in scratches and mud.
He sat down and devoured my sandwich and drink that I had beautifully prepared. Lucky I had offered it to him, otherwise he would no longer have a head. My second sandwich and drink was just as divine, although a little more burnt as I was more distracted.
At lunch I began forming the plan of going to Byodo-In a Japanese temple in the middle of Memorial (cemetery) gardens. It was here that we rang the gong, lit incense and prayed to Buddha.
It was very peaceful and beautiful, truly a magnificent place. We bought fish food and fed the koi, and it turns out the birds love it too. C had at least five birds in his hands as they devoured the food. He enjoyed himself a lot. He was even blessed by a bird on the back of his neck. No wonder they accepted him as one of their own. This was a real highlight for me and I felt more enriched for having visited.
The Macadamia farm was simply an outlet with additional shops, although perhaps earlier in the day there was more. It was delightful to buy E some Macadamias that he loves and he was so pleased when we arrived home with them.
When we returned home E was doing well and was interested in going for a swim. So I got changed and we wandered down to the break. This time we headed a little further along the beach where the waves weren’t quite as big. We got to the greener water and bobbed along. It was really much more pleasant. There were a couple of big Hawaiian guys near us and one of them asked where we were from. Not sure they fully understood me, I certainly didn’t understand him when he said “Oahu” obviously he said it a bit funny to my aussie ear. They were friendly and it was great that E was a part of the conversation, even if silent.
I read… I am now really tired. So I will quickly account for the day with due haste. Reading, talking, take-away pizza, video that was un-watchable, junior trivial pursuit, writing, trying to get my son to bed…OMG!!! C is being so full on! I am going to bed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
WELL THAT DIDN’T WORK…BIGGEST STORM FOREVER ARRIVED, LIGHTENING, THUNDER, RAIN, THE WHOLE EARTH WAS SHAKING, IT WAS TERRIFYING. THE SKY LIT UP LIKE A HORROR MOVIE. THE CLASHES OF THUNDER WERE SO LOUD IT WAS THE MOST AWESOME STORM I’VE EVER BEEN THROUGH.
Hubby slept through most of it…the running joke is that he can sleep anywhere, a super power of great strength. I huddled in with C, there was spare bed in his room, regularly checking on E in the next room. Neither of them could sleep. C said he was scared too, however he went on to tell me today that he only said that to comfort me. Power went off briefly about 1am, the storm finished at around 2:30am. It was a long night with not much sleep. Back to the drawing board.