Thursday, April 24, 2008

Memory Keeper's Daughter

I recently finished this book, and for anyone who wants to read it and hasn't, SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!

With that being said, this book evoked a strong emotional reaction in me, which I'm sure it was designed to do. I understand David's reason for giving his daughter away (though not how he could do it) but for pity's sake, how could he spend his entire life lying to his wife?? His poor wife's entire life was a LIE! She didn't even know his real last name, for pete's sake! When she found out that Phoebe was alive, I cried so hard for her. How DARE he keep her daughter from her! How DARE he die without telling her and leave Caroline to do it? How DARE he keep his children from knowing each other their entire lives? The utter arrogance of this man is galling, I can't hardly stand to think about him without wanting to throw something (preferably this book) at him. I want to beat him to a pulp. He deserved all the misery he got. He objectified everyone around him in order to deal with his own selfish insecurity.


I can't imagine what this author must have gone through in order to dream up this book.


I have a friend who's battling ovarian cancer. She is the sweetest, kindest, most enigmatic, bewitching person I know. I met her in college and we have been friends ever since.

Unfortunately, she lives in the D.C. area and it's hard for me to visit her. Last time we saw each other was in August, and we both cried when we parted because hey, when you're battling ovarian cancer, you never can tell when the last time really is the last time.

Now, she's in the hospital, again. She's been in the hospital for most of 2008. It's hard for her to communicate and I no longer have her current address because she's moved in with family to recover (when she isn't in the hospital). I have her phone number but she has tubes in her throat and can't talk.

I'm scared she'll die before we get to see each other again.

I know she's got other things to worry about right now and I hope she is concentrating all her energy on healing and getting better. The world cannot stand to lose her. It will truly be a loss for humanity.

But, I hope the powers that be whisper in her ear when all is quiet this message:

"I love you. I've always loved you. God be with you and take your pain. May your bright, shining spirit be a guide for us all. Don't give up."

God be with you, Kaihea. May God take away your pain. May God heal your body so that your spirit can shine through and inspire us all.


I've also lost another friendship I've had since college. If you are reading this, you know who you are. I'm so sorry, and I hope when the dust settles you will call me again. I never meant for it to end like this. I wish you all the best.


Finally, I'm voluntarily closing the door on yet another chapter of another friendship. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. To this person (who will probably never read this anyway), I say: "Thank you for our beautiful season. I wish you happiness and joy in your new season and lifetime."

All we can remember is that everything happens for a reason. God places us where he needs and wants us to be at any given moment. When things happen and you don't know the reason, remember, you may never know the reason, but God does. All we can do is try to learn the lesson he has set for us.

May God give me the strength to learn my lessons.

Peace to all.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Caribbean Cruise!

We just had the best week spent cruising in the Southern Caribbean! We were on board Serenade of the Seas, on Royal Caribbean cruise line. We visited Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas; St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Bridgetown, Barbados. We snorkeled with sea turtles and did two different ziplines tours on St. Maarten and on Antigua. Unfortunately, no pictures of those, but they were damn fun. We ate ourselves silly, got dressed up for dinners and shows, enjoyed the sun, and hit the hot tub. Oh yeah, that was me dancing in the hot tub! :) I don't have any pictures of that either, but here are some of the better pictures from the trip.

Oh, and if you haven't cruised, I highly recommend it.

We rented a motorcycle on St. Thomas and drove all over the island. Justin did a great job driving on the LEFT side of the road!!
We visited a butterfly farm, also on St. Thomas. One even landed on my aunt's leg!
I'm a dork, so I haven't figured out how to rotate this, but this was the back of the dress I wore for one of the formal nights.

Me, chilling in my bikini, on the ship. Hell yeah, it only took three years to get back my body from pregnancy! Damn proud of it!This is my favorite picture, taken on St. Lucia.

It was a great trip!