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Bringing home the moon
Dedicated to my father, Wayne Shorter
Submitted by Phenix
My father, Wayne Shorter, was known for his shyness and his ability to disappear into a crowd if forced to speak, throughout Hawaii. So I was surprised to hear him propose a toast to my husband and me during our wedding reception. We knew that my mom would speak but never in a million years did we expect my father to stand up and face a crowd, even a crowd of friends and family.
My father, the man, who could barely speak to the neighbors without blushing told the following story: one which I had forgotten, but one I will remember for the rest of my life.
"One day when Phenix was 4 years old, we were driving along Hana Highway to see her Auntie, my sister Gretchen, when she saw the full moon just up ahead. Hana highway is dark at night and the moon had lit that highway up. Looked like it was shining just to guide us to my sisters.
Well when Phenix saw that moon just hanging there she shouted, "Dadd, Daddy look there's the moon". And before I could say "yep," Phenix had taken her seatbelt off, opened the car door and started racing towards that moon. Slamming on my brakes, I left the car in the middle of the road and began running after her. Terrified that a car would come along and hit her before I could reach her I ran faster and yelled louder, "Phenix, stopppppppp!"
Well my little girl heard me because she stopped right there in the middle of the road and just turned towards me as if to say what the hell do you want? Running towards her I grabbed her in my arms and held her tight. Finally when my heart calmed down enough to speak I asked her what in the tarnation she was doing, jumping from a moving car. "Daddy, " she said, " I was getting you the moon. You know how you're always telling mommy that you want to give her the moon and the stars, well I was going to get if for you, so that you could give it to mommy." Hearing those words just melted the anger from my heart. Greg (my husband), she didn't give me the moon that day but I want you to know that I love you like a son and I'm happy for my daughter today. Now I said she didn't bring me the moon that day but today finally got that moon and brought it home to me and her mom."
When my Dad finished there wasn't a dry eye in the place. It's been 4 years now since my Daddy passed on, but every time I visit Maui I take that drive along Hana Highway looking for the moon.