Roses in the Desert

As a child, it didn’t occur to me that roses pushing through the cracked, dry soil might somehow be incongruous. I never thought then about what difficult work it was to sustain such beauty in the midst of our austere surroundings. We moved houses several times in my childhood, but the yard and flowers were priorities that were dealt with soon after getting settled into the new place.

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we're here!

After a strange week, we are finally here in Hawaii. We had some delays due to Hurricane Sandy, but I don't even want to complain because others have suffered so much, while our impact was simply inconvenience.

At any rate, we have arrived in the Land of Aloha! Even though it's only been a year, I'd forgotten the blueness of the sky and water, the sweetness of the air, and the beauty everywhere. I'm just breathing for a bit.