In the year since we went to Hawaii, my brain made parts of Kauai into my happy place. I would be writing a patent application and a picture of the trees on this one road would appear in my mind. You feel like you’re driving through a jungle because the trees on each side of the road reach up and meet in the sky. I would be taking out the trash, and an image of the beach would flash before my eyes. I was never conjuring the images, they just appeared. So it’s good that we went back again.
I took some pictures last year that I repeated this year to have a year-by-year comparison. Look how much Ava has grown! Don’t tell her, though. She still emphasizes how much she’s a little tiny baby.
I also re-enacted the photo where Ava talks on the Westernmost-telephone in the United States.
I’m not sure whether Ava enjoyed the beaches or the chickens more. Ava would see the water and ask what it was saying. We had a routine where she’d ask, and we’d say the ocean says, “Ava come in me, come in me, so I can kiss your toes.” But with the chickens, she would chase them around and she learned to yell “Chicken fight!” when they started fighting. I think the water still wins out, though.