I slept comfortably, wonderfully and completely. 🌴 Maybe it was the lull of the islands? No matter, it was a very restful night. Waking up in a private home in Honolulu wasn’t anything I had ever planned but here I was. 🌺
It sounded like James was already in the kitchen preparing breakfast. I got up, straightened my bed, washed and got dressed.
A gorgeous morning meal was waiting for me, so simple but I never forgot it. He prepared these beautiful pancakes, the syrup tasted Hawaiian 🌸 hey! what can I say, it did. And the side dish was the tastiest Hawaiian papayas, banana and pineapple ever.
After breakfast was devoured and cleared away, James asked me what I was thinking. Well I had to follow my gut didn’t I? I told him I thought his kindness to this stranger couldn’t have been more appreciated. His hospitality was a blessing I didn’t even realize I needed.
‘I feel I must continue my journey to California,’ I told him in a relaxed voice; it was exactly how I felt. It was also exactly how James reacted. “I understand good man, follow your dreams I say!” We smiled. He called Pan American Airways, effortlessly rescheduling my flight for that very evening.
As I was repacking my suitcase James came into the room with a piece of paper. “Here’s my address Blue.” What a warm heart I thought to myself as I looked at the paper he put into my hand. He continued with a smile, “Write to me some time. I’d love to know how things turn for you and I want you to know that you’re always welcome back here.”
Before I knew it we were off in his car, down the hillside and back into Honolulu. He drove me around the town for awhile, showing me more of his world, here and there. I enjoyed every moment of this kind gentleman’s company.
James wanted to treat me to a ‘farewell’ lunch at a restaurant he personally favored, carefully planning it to be later in the afternoon, closer to his delivering me to the airport time.
Good thinking on his part; I just knew he wanted to be certain to send me off with a full tummy. We enjoyed a delicious meal and comfortable conversation.
The airline had recommended I be at the airport at least two hours prior to the scheduled flight time. ✈️ Even though I had a confirmed ticket they wanted to be sure I was present. Nearly the same as today but actually very different lol
And so the time had come to part ways. He left me off at the Honolulu airport and drove off after a warm, sincere good bye … or rather Aloha!