He's not to far off; in fact, he's almost spot on!
Monday morning I will head to Indianapolis to catch a couple of flights that will - if the Lord wills - culminate in my arrival in Hawaii. Why am I going there, you ask? I going to attend the wedding - I am not witnessing the wedding - of a cousin and to visit a friend from college.
This cousin might as well be a sister since we grew up in the same house since I we were both eight years old. She is all of eighteen days older than me.
The college friend that I am visiting is a native Hawaiian. All throughout college we kept asking him, "How did you end up in Quincy?" To this day he claims he doesn't know. He's been demanding a visit from me for at least five years. He happens to live on the same island as the wedding, and only about fifteen minutes away. I'll be staying with him and his family while I am there. In addition, he's going to show me the cool parts of Hawaii where the tourists aren't.
As it happens, I will be in Hawaii for the memorial of Blessed Damien of Molokai. When my friend asked me what I wanted to do or see in Hawaii I had three answers at first:
- See pineapple growing from plants on the ground (for the longest time I thought they grew on trees; he politely told I was an idiot for thinking thus);
- See the volcanoes, active or not;
- Watch the sun rise over the ocean;
- Go scuba diving
5. Attend the Mass in the Cathedral for Blessed Damien's feast and visit his tomb
Aside from that, the activies will be decided as we go.
I ask your prayers for safe and timely flights. I will try to post updates while I'm away, but I don't know yet about internet access. I don't really know a great deal about this trip which is both very much out of character and very nice.
I will be in Hawaii for ten days, returning to Effingham - again, if the Lord wills - just in time for a wedding rehearsal (well, about four hours before the rehearsal) on Friday, the 18th. The wedding itself will be on the 19th, as will our high school graduation.