One of the few drawbacks of living on a tropical island in the middle of the South Pacific is the cost of living. Living by myself I’ve always managed and with a spouse/partner it might be easier, but I have no idea how families can get ahead out here. To live the American dream of owning a home, two cars in the driveway and starting a family becomes much more difficult when the costs are so outrageous.
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this blog to say goodbye to two friends I have come to know and love.
Ley and Steve have a love story that spans the globe…quite literally. Steve hails from England, while Ley was born and raised in Mississippi. The two met and fell in love in New Zealand, where they were both living for an extended amount of time. Once her time was over in New Zealand Ley found her way back to Maui and Steve found his way to Ley.
I’ve worked alongside Ley for several years at the resort and have come to know Steve over many a beer. I am honored to have the opportunity to call the two of them my friends, to have met their wonderful and loving families and to have witnessed their weddings (no, that pluralization is not a type-o).
Since people have been saying farewell since the beginning of time I have decided to borrow an Irish blessing to say my peace.
I look forward to the day our paths cross again…wherever that may be.
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
Or if you prefer the traditional Irish blessing.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.