The 12 Days of Christmas, Hawaiian Style
So Thom sends me this email saying he wants to do a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Â I get all excited and agree. Â I make grand plans inside my head which turn out to look like nothing Thom has in mind. Â He walks into the store and says, “here, these will do”, and starts to shovel 12 boxes of chocolates into the cart. Â I said, “We’re going to give them all the same thing?” Â Thom was like, “Yeah, why not?” Â and I told him that was boring. Â And then things got unboring really fast.
Thom started snatching every pretty,Â sparkling,Â eye-catching wonder in sight off the shelves and popping them into the cart without regard to size, shape or price. Â Just as quickly I was snatching things back out of the cart and putting them back. Â Finally his frenzy wound down and we attempted to count the prizes we’dÂ accumulated. Â 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 isÂ exhilaratingÂ and frustrating all at the same time. Â I am so glad that his frenetic energy transferred over the net to all of you. Â You picked up our energy and made this contest just as much fun for us. Â 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. Â Even though it is true that we don’t see each other often, when I leave I will miss him greatly. Â 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. Â Stay tuned for next year andÂ The 12 Days of Christmas, Washington and Hawai’i Style.
In the meantime,
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!