I was gifted with the experience of living in Hawaii for three years. I was 7 when we moved there and 10 when we left. I did not then realize what I had been given. I guess I thought everyone lived in paradise, but simultaneously I also knew I had lived somewhere special.
We left on January 10, 1970. It’s funny that I remember that date. Our last act in Hawaii was to go to the bank and withdraw all our money. While at the bank, my brother and I got on one another’s nerves. I poked him. He kicked me. And tore a hole in the lace of my very “gourmet” dress. I was incensed. I was quite the fan of the Galloping Gourmet, a television cooking show hosted by Graham Kerr who was more often than not drunk. Gourmet was the highest praise I could give anything.
Hawaii was gourmet.
We arrived in San Francisco a week later via ocean liner. The crossing had been rocky and my mother was inflicted with horrific sea sickness. My brother and I had been left to our own devices for the most part and had the run of the ship. I remember bits and pieces of that sailing, but the memories are not vivid like some of my memories of Hawaii. My mother describes disembarking in San Francisco as being like the Wizard of Oz in reverse. We went from technicolor to black and white.
I always vowed to go back, but not until I could do so with grace and style. Hawaii is horrifically expensive if one isn’t lucky enough to live in military housing with access to the commissary – the military’s grocery store.Continue reading