Two days before Christmas I was heading home from Designer Yarn in Sandy. It’s my favorite local yarn store (LYS), and much closer than other yarn shops in the metro Portland area.
As usual, I was playing a Hawaiian CD as I drove along, thinking of the warm Hawaiian days of my childhood, when the poinsettias were blooming in front of our hale [house] and Santa would arrive in a canoe. I must admit to feeling just a little bit homesick as I drove along in the pouring rain, looking up at the gray skies all around me.
Suddenly I heard honking just behind me. I looked to my left and saw two haole guys in an SUV smiling at me, and the passenger guy was making a “roll down your window!” sign at me. So I rolled it down and to my utter delight, they both yelled, “Mele Kalikimaka!”, grinning from ear to ear.
I yelled it back, of course, and gave them the shaka sign. They continued on past me, and suddenly my gray, rainy day seemed to disappear, and it was as if the sun had suddenly come out and my world had been transformed. I sang “Mele Kalikimaka” at the top of my lungs all the way home.
Thanks guys, whoever you are. You brought a Hawaiian Christmas to me in the middle of a gray Oregon day. May your season and the year ahead be green and bright!