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Timeless Love

A new family
Dedicated to Morgan & Brenna

Submitted by Anonymous

This was our first trip to Hawaii, and perhaps our last. I wanted to take my wife on a real vacation because she had never left the state in which she had been born. We took our two small children: Morgan, our son, who was about 5-years-old, and our 1-year-old daughter, Brenna.

Brenna doesn't remember it of course, but our son was forever marked by the beauty of the place. He would spend all day laughing and chasing the waves on the beach, and loved getting clobbered by the heavy surf. I had to be very careful, as he was fearless and could not yet swim well. One day during a visit to a waterfall, he terrified me by climbing all the way around the pool and underneath the falls, while I was stuck waist-deep in the water holding my daughter. Fortunately he finally heard our calls to come back, and made it safely. On our walk back he climbed to the top of a huge mound of nutshells, and we jokingly dubbed him "King of the Nuts," which he still remembers today. We also remember listening to the beautiful music they played on KPOA, and a hilarious commercial jingle about a local noodle restaurant that I don't think I'll ever get out of my head.

About a year later, we learned that our son was suffering from a developmental disorder. I decided to leave my job, we sold our home, and moved to a quieter life in Oregon for about four years. Our goal was to slow down our lifestyle and focus on his needs. Well, it turned out to be a lot slower than we expected, due to the state's terrible economy, but after a lot of effort and sacrifice, we discovered what syndrome his symptoms were pointing towards, and found several ways to help him thrive.

Recently, we moved back to California, and things are looking up. I got a decent job, my wife is home-schooling our son (now 10), and our daughter is beautiful at age 6. We are so grateful for the memories of visiting a place like Maui, and hope that we may someday return, so that my daughter can have those memories too.

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