Monday, October 24, 2011

Aina Haina Shopping Center - REopening Extravaganza :D

I am so refreshed.
I love being around families and children.

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to illustrate the windows for a small business called, Bee Green Cleaners at the Aina Haina Shopping Center. David, the owner, is so great to work with. I'm so delighted to have had the chance to be creative and support his business.

Upon finishing, I had a really fun time painting children's faces. It was so much fun seeing them thrilled when they look in the mirror at the flower, or honu, or smiley face, etc.
Occasionally, I had a special request such as a red dragon or Socks for Heroes. I have to admit, I may have made the mistake and spelled "Heroes" incorrectly on a couple of girls faces, but they loved it anyway :) whoopsie daisies.

By the end of the afternoon, my treat to myself was keiki sized ice cream on a sugar cone from Foodland and free samples of awesome food from local farmers and seasonal items in for the holidays.

What a great Saturday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

on TheBus ride

In commute or travel tends to render moments of reflection.

Have you ever felt the emotions of another as it is radiating through a small space?

A dad, mom and child were on the bus this morning on the way to work.
The dad exited the bus to be off to work and said, "bye-bye." to his son and wife. Immediately, the child burst into tears and cried waving his little hand bye-bye.

I observed the dad step out of the bus and looked back waving to his son. The mom must have just told her son, "Dad is just going to work. He will be back later." The son quieted.

Immediately, my mind spiraled back in time to how I felt as probably a 5 or 6 year old child saying bye to my mom as she left for work in the evening. She had the night shift as a nurse.

I did not expect to be able to remember that feeling but for about 30 seconds I found myself empathizing with the child, feeling what the child was feeling.

It was strange and unexpected.
I guess in observing the family on the bus I'm thankful because it makes me realize how much love exists between a child and a parent and how you don't grow up and out of that love. And that in a world broadcasting so much "bad" news in a day. It is such a delight to see love expressed in the lives of passerby people on the bus.

I'm am thankful for ohana.