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Timeless Love

A Mother's Dream
Dedicated to My Mother

Submitted by Anonymous

I am one of the lucky ones. I come from a home where my parents are still married after 55 years. They have shown me how to stay committed to each other. It has always been my mother's dream to visit Hawayuh as she called it. Growing up there was always enough money to buy what we needed but never enough to have such a frivolous vacation as going to Hawaii. We had to sit through Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" movie every time it was on television. My sister and I gave them a 50th wedding anniversary party and they were thrilled - they didn't have a big wedding. But still it wasn't Hawaii.

They are getting older and remain very active in their church. Hurricane Katrina just hit and they are at their church shelter every day working to make 100 homeless people feel God's love.

A year ago, my mother and I were talking and she said one more time, "I sure would like to go to Hawaii. I guess we'll never make it. Daddy thinks its too expensive." I said, "Why not? Let's go." I knew they would not be able to go by themselves, all of the travel details and traffic would make my father a nervous wreck. Just getting him to spend so much money would take a miracle. So I contacted a travel agent, made all of the plans - my mother's only requests was that she go to a luau and get an orchid lei, and in September 2004 the three of us left for a week in Kauai. When we walked into the Castle Poipu Shores condominium for the first time, he walked straight to the balcony and fell in love with Kauai. We sat on the balcony and watched the waves come in for hours. It was so peaceful. We had a busy week taking in all the sights and though they were tired at the end of the day, we had a great time. We attended a luau at the hotel where my oldest son stayed on his honeymoon. I'll treasure this time with my parents forever.

Now one year later, my father still reads the Kauai newspaper online and has all of his pictures as a slide show on his computer screensaver. My youngest son is getting married next year and wants to take a trip to Kauai and do everything we did and stay in the same condominium. Maybe we've started a tradition!

Now, my father's dream .... Maui!

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