Things That Hurt So Good

Today I slept in to nearly 10 am. This is unusual for me due to a smallish bladder, a dog, three children, and a busy schedule driven by all those things and more. But I needed those hours–mostly because I got to sleep last night around 2 am. Flying back from vacation in Hawai’i does that to a day. It was a great family vacation. My in-laws wanted to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by gathering their children and grandchildren together. And so we did. We gathered in Kona, HI where my in-laws have a timeshare. Considering almost all the grandkids’ idea of a great time is beach, pool, rinse and repeat, we figured it would be a great location for a family gathering. And it was.

And yet, it was a vacation filled with hurts and spilled tears.

  • There were too many coral scrapes and cuts to count.
  • An embedded bit of lava rock on foot from jumping waves at the Black Sand Beach.
  • Sunburns.
  • Mongoose bite.
  • Scarlet fever.
  • Swimming with wild dolphins.

Not all hurts are bad and not all tears are shed because of heart ache. Sometimes the hurts are because our hearts are stretched to hold all the love.

Many muhalo to my wonderful mother and father-in-law for giving us the gift of Hawai’i. Biggest, Middlest, and Littlest will never forget their days on the island…even after the bandaids come off, the coughing subsides, and the photos are dusty. The Island will always be part of their childhoods.

Finally to the peeling stage! Too bad I got this on our first day.

On my first dive, I burst into tears upon seeing this pod of dolphins swimming past me. This was a lifelong dream come true for me.

Middlest hiked the Volcano and swam with the dolphins before being diagnosed with scarlet fever. Here her fever was almost 104. She’s one tough cookie.

4 thoughts on “Things That Hurt So Good

  1. Aaaaaah! I researched whales one summer, and I always watched the whales cruise by so close . . . but so, so far away. I hope someday I will have a like experience. 🙂

    • It was such a surreal and spiritual experience. I can’t recommend the captain and his dive masters enough. 6 dives – 5 of them with dolphins. Biggest had the closest encounter, one swam within 5 inches of him. I didn’t get that close but even at 10 feet, it was amazing.

  2. That does sound like the childhood vacation of a lifetime, the one to top all others. I bet the kids did get impressed about dolphin time!

    Glad to have you back solid neighborhood soil.

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