NOON I should go to that coffee shop. I know I should. I read somewhere that you can make friends by regularly going to a place, any place, and talking with the people who are also regulars in said place. The only problem with this process is that I must constantly go somewhere. I gotta get out of bed, put something other than sweatpants on, and drive myself somewhere. All that effort to probably just sit there, dreading actually talking to someone. But like I said, I should so I do.
Dear me, I know that I haven't always treated you respectfully or validated you. I know that you have always had to be strong in some way. Strong for your six younger siblings, who looked to you for support security and comfort while growing up. For your dad who struggled with addiction (and eventually left). You had to be strong for your mom who worked three jobs just to provide for the family but was still cold and distant from you. I know you most of all had to be strong for yourself. I know your struggles because I am you.
My Suzie Q
My Suzie Q Growing up in Hawaii was unique in many ways. I was born and raised on the big island and if you know the state of Hawaii at all, you know that the big cities are located on Oahu. To put this into perspective, the entire big island of Hawaii has a population of just over 217,000 people. With this in mind, know that as keiki (kids), my brothers and I always had to be creative in finding ways to amuse ourselves. From hiking, to exploring waterfalls, then when we got older, we would hunt in the forest surrounding our small town.