Most people don’t believe in fate, but I truly do. There were several different factors could’ve kept me from seeing her.
- First of all, I had planned to cancel this trip a while ago when I found out the Emmys were not open to the general public… But I never cancelled my airfare or hotel (I couldn’t because I had already pre-paid.) When I discovered that Kevin M was going to be in the area, I decided to keep my flight and drive down to San Diego that day instead…
- Secondly, SHE wasn’t supposed to spend more than an hour in Hawaii – it was just a stop on her way from American Samoa to Utah (where she currently lives with her youngest daughter.) As fate would have it, her flight from Am Samoa was delayed and she missed her early morning connection and had to wait for standby seats on MY flight!
- Finally, WHY on earth would Delta route me through Salt Lake City, Utah only to backtrack and have me wind up in LA? If it hadn’t been for that odd routing, I never would’ve seen her!
We screamed SO LOUD when we saw each other, I swear, the entire terminal turned around to see what was happening! I’ve missed her SO much! She is doing wonderfully, has a 7 year old son (who I got to meet and who is ADORABLE!) and is SO happy with a really great man in her life (which couldn’t make me happier – she deserves someone who will treat her right – her last man – I won’t even talk about him… but I was around for much of her heartache with him…) Her daughters (who I love and miss as well are all grown up and have families of their own – they were 8 and 11 when I last saw them… now they’re mothers too!)
She and I sat together in the terminal and used the 2 hours before the flight to catch up on everything since we saw each other last. The nicest thing was that nothing at all changed between us… we could still sit there and giggle about the same things we used to and I realized how much I’ve missed her! We got each other’s current contact information and promised to keep in touch. I just keep thinking that things all happen for a reason and if any one of the above didn’t happen I would’ve missed out on my chance at reconnecting with a friend that I love dearly.
This was taken in 1995 or so... when our bank's Main Branch was being constructed.
We worked overnight to guard the safe deposit boxes.
September 1996 - Aloha Week at the branch. Yes, I was not a vegetarian then (as you can tell by my plate of food) :P
Last Friday at the Honolulu airport. :) She looks exactly the same!! I, on the other hand... :P
There were so many other amazing theatre things that happened this past weekend, but THIS was what really made my trip worth it. I hadn’t even left Honolulu on Friday night and I already felt like the trip was worth it!
I will be back later to post about the theatre portion of my trip which was amazing in its own right.