This was a ship, a destroyer, that my husband was on, back in 1999. He deployed to Hawaii; we stayed in Maine, til the ship arrived in Honolulu. When the ship arrives in port, there is a huge ceremony; they put a lei on the brow of the ship.
It is so impressive to see everyone in dress whites, a board the ship in formation. It really makes you feel proud of your extended family!
Hawaii, was definitely on my mind, yesterday with Tsunami warning.
I have been fortunate to live in both Alaska and Hawaii. Alaska twice, Adak and Anchorage, then in Honolulu, Hawaii.
I took on the hang loose attitude and my signed my name Ellei. I was planning to go to back to college, for acupuncture; it was a great place for this type of education.
There is a relaxed vibe in this state, hawaiian wear is worn during business meetings and people greet you with a lei when you arrive. It was scary, yesterday to wonder if Hawaii would be destroyed, I am thankful they weren't, but sad for Chile.
When I reflect back, I have met a lot of people from other countries, Holland, Spain, England, Australia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Scotland, Japan and German. I am grateful for their friendship; this gave me a different kind of passport.
Sometimes Navy life has been exhausting, draining, and sad. My husband has been away most of our anniversaries, missed a lot of birthdays and sport, school moments. Last year, he missed Christmas...so we made a fake Don, Dad. We plopped him on the love seat with his laptop and our hound joined in the ruse. He said, he wanted to be home; I said, you are home in our hearts.
I sent him photos of his fake self via email.
All n' all, it has been an adventure, driving on the Al-Can highway, seeing black timber wolves, riding a ferry from Bellingham, WA to Haines, Alaska, climbing glaciers, boogie boarding in Hawaii, living through earthquakes, tremors and volcano eruptions. I have made a lot of friends and hung my hat in a lot of states. It has been an adventure of a lifetime; I didn't sign up to be in the Navy, but I am. It has been quite a trip...