Each year, when Larry and I go to Kaua’i, we celebrate what we call, The Passing Of The Flag.
We hike a moderate trail in the canyon and at the top there is a lean-to where we tack a new American flag and a note. The note invites a Veteran or anyone who would like to pass the flag to a Veteran, to take the flag.
We pass this flag in honor of my beloved Uncle, Bruce who was a Marine and served in the Korean War. After The Uncle died, we started what we call, The Passing The Flag, while on Kauai.
This year while away on vacation, I fell. My left leg is a bit messed up right now and I was unable to hike while on the Island. Larry and I had to revert to plan B.
One night, we had reservations at Tidepools, a wonderful restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Poip’u. Upon arriving we noticed a man in the lobby selling jewelry. He was around 90 years old and wore a Navy Veteran hat. At dinner, we decided that this gentleman is who we would pass the flag along to…..
A day later, the flag was passed to the Veteran in honor of Bruce Stevenson, my Uncle. It is always greatly sentimental for me and wonderful at the same time.
I miss my Uncle and this way, we can do something to honor him yearly.
Do you remember the old children’s poem, To Market, To Market? And it ends with ….home again, home again, jiggety jig? I just cannot get the poem out of my mind today.
I am sitting at my desk, hot chocolate and devotionals at my side. I will enjoy chocolate and do my reading after I say hello here. I have missed the daily blog.
Larry and I are home from spending ten days on the island of Kaua’i. Over the years it has become our home away from home. (and arrangements have been made for our ashes to be scattered there, at a certain location, when the time comes.) Is that to much information? Lets blame the jet lag. Sorry.
We had a lovely trip away. Larry did not let his work interrupt him once. The days were wonderful…balancing the art of resting and keeping busy. The perfect vacation.
Each morning we sat on the lanai and watched the sun rise and in the evenings we would meet on the lanai again to watch the sun set. Between sun events, we went on adventures.
We had the best holiday and we are glad to be home. I have about 80 photos and will share them later…for now, I just wanted to say say hello and that I missed you. Oh maybe one photo? I am always inspired by the beauty of Kaua’i….i hope that you can see it in my photos.
I am not sure if it will happen, BUT Larry has us booked for a beach trip. I am nervous and happy. (We both have had our two Coronavirus vaccines and mask up everywhere we go) I have not been anywhere since before my second fight with breast cancer. Wait! I did get to spend the day in Austin and that was wonderful.
While Larry was booking the trip I had an upset tummy,(I was THAT nervous) but Larry loves booking trips and concerts. (he deserves to be happy after this past year and a half) In the past 19 months, all he has done is cancel things and I have felt guilty and sad.
Perhaps this time we will be able to go to the beach? I can almost feel my toes wriggling in the sand.
Where do you want to go or what do you want to do when our new normal allows us?
I am sorry that our lives have been turned upside down. I am sorry about quite a few things these days. I am especially sorry for my friends who are struggling. Please try to stay positive and take care of yourself. Contact me if you need extra prayers or someone to listen.
Last night I woke up and could not go back to sleep. (I was dreaming about being at the beach) Larry and I have not been to the beach in one year….and we are missing it terribly. (Our daily swims and hikes are the best ever)
My Grandfather was a physician and believed that sea/salt water had healing properties that could make you feel wonderful. I need the sea. Badly.
Here is a web site for our favorite hikes on Kauai.
A couple of the hikes are very difficult for me, but I always go as far as I can. Every step is a beautiful experience. Being on the island is where I feel best. Always.
I have been feeling down about not spending time at the beach, Larry looked at me yesterday and said: Not to worry. I have made plans. Reservations and all extras have been planned. Get your bikini ready for February. (IF we can travel by then)
That is all that he would say. (this is why I was dreaming of the sea) I am not fond of surprises, but this is one that I will grab with both hands. Ahhhhhhh. The Sea.