Feb 14, 2015


As I am driving around busy Kailua, impatient with the traffic, I notice a delivery truck blocking the road.  Cars on the other side of the street are zooming by, disregarding me (!) and the people behind me who are waiting to go around the truck.  The driver is nowhere to be seen.  Then, a car on the other side stops and flashes its lights at me, letting me know that I can go around the truck and use his lane to do it.  I remember that this is typical of Hawaii drivers.  I am grateful.

As I wait in line at the drive through at my bank, I am in a hurry to get on with my day.  In front of me I notice a hen and her seven chicks, wandering aimlessly around in the driveway.  She is waiting for the eighth chick, still on the lawn where some nice person gave them hot dog buns to eat.  They wander aimlessly in the driveway.  I can’t go anywhere.  I don’t know how to alert the person behind me that I am not going to move.  Literally stopping me in my tracks, this is a most heart warming scene.  I remember that I did not invent the universe and I am not running it.

Finally, I honk the horn.  The mother and her chicks head straight back to the hot dog buns.  I am grateful.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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