The 12 Days of Christmas, Hawaiian Style
So Thom sends me this email saying he wants to do a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. I get all excited and agree. I make grand plans inside my head which turn out to look like nothing Thom has in mind. He walks into the store and says, “here, these will do”, and starts to shovel 12 boxes of chocolates into the cart. I said, “We’re going to give them all the same thing?” Thom was like, “Yeah, why not?” and I told him that was boring. And then things got unboring really fast.
Thom started snatching every pretty, sparkling, eye-catching wonder in sight off the shelves and popping them into the cart without regard to size, shape or price. Just as quickly I was snatching things back out of the cart and putting them back. Finally his frenzy wound down and we attempted to count the prizes we’d accumulated. I am so impressed that we only got home with one extra big prize — which we put in the box with something we thought didn’t look as appealing as the others.
Working with Thom is exhilarating and frustrating all at the same time. I am so glad that his frenetic energy transferred over the net to all of you. You picked up our energy and made this contest just as much fun for us. I enjoyed reading your wonderful, witty comments and it was very hard for me not to respond in kind, but Thom and I agreed that answering the comments and chatting back and forth would make it more difficult to sort out who was in competition for the prizes, so I behaved myself.
Hawaii is a state of many beauties and wonders, but as far as I am concerned the greatest blessing it has given me is Thom’s friendship. Even though it is true that we don’t see each other often, when I leave I will miss him greatly. Mahalo, Thom, just for being you.
Looking ahead, Thom and I have already decided that we aren’t going to let a little thing like the Pacific Ocean get in the way of our fun. Stay tuned for next year and The 12 Days of Christmas, Washington and Hawai’i Style.
In the meantime,
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!