Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dad's A- Z: K is for Kapalua

Aloha readers! Yes, the LIAYF family is on a much needed vacation in beautiful Maui.

It was Mrs. LIAYF and my 13th Anniversary last Wednesday and we are celebrating by visiting the Island where we honeymooned. Lukas is with us and having a blast too, as he has learned to snorkel since arriving. Snorkeling was actually what brought us up to Kapalua today. We looked forward to seeing some colorful fish and turtles.

Instead I saw a lot of sand from my goggles. A lot of sand! That's because as soon as we got ourselves situated in the neck deep swirling water and Mrs. LIAYF swam off with Lukas, my wedding ring slipped right off my finger.

I immediately had a sinking feeling that after 13 years, my wedding band was lost forever.

That was not a good feeling.

As I mentioned the sand was shifting underfoot so I knew the ring was most likely buried right away. But I searched over and over again anyway. Mrs. LIAYF and Lukas came and helped me look for a while, before lovingly assuring me that it was okay and that it could be replaced. Still I felt sick about it for obvious reasons. They eventually went back to the beach while I stayed and searched. Several people watching from the beach trickled away as the time past.

After about an hour and a half later, exhausted, I was about to give up when a glimmer caught my eye. It was a sliver of the mostly buried band lying about 5ft deep. I removed the snorkel, took a breath and dove for it grabbing a handful of sand. And the ring!

Relieved, I gave my family the good news and a big hug. Engraved inside my band Mrs. LIAYF had added the Pearl Jam lyric "Don't it make you Smile" from a song we listened to a lot while dating.

The answer is yes, it certainly does.

(posted from my iPhone so forgive any formatting issues)

Aloha!

12 comments:

B said...

Welcome back to maui! i mostly lurk on your blog (i may have posted a comment or linked to you once or twice) but seeing as your on my island and blogger life and real life rarely intercept for me it seemed the right moment to say aloha :) enjoy your time and find me at timeforb.blogspot.com if you get lost or need ideas on fun things for preschool age boys....

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Hey Monkey Butt said...

Happy Anniversary, lucky #13 right?! Such awesome news that you were able to find your wedding band, I agree that would have been awful feeling!

daniel said...

What I take away from this is you've lost weight for the band to have slipped off your finger. I can't get my ring off easily anymore.

Tim Riley said...

Glad you found the ring. I've "misplaced" mine a couple times, and it was like a cloud of angst following me around until it turned up.

Nice work with the A-Z so far.

anordinarydad said...

it was like a scene straight out of Lord of the Rings! Congrats on losing weight. Must be all that cycling you've been doing.

BloggerFather said...

Mazel Tov! Or as they say in Hawaii, "Mazel Tovikimake!"

j-tony said...

Glad you found your ring, and happy anniversary to you and the Mrs.

Jack said...

Happy Anniversary.

Dr. Cynicism said...

Sounds like an amazing vacation -- I'm officially jealous. Also, congrats on finding the ring!! I've had those moments before, it's definitely a "sick in your stomach" feeling indeed.

jenrads law said...

That's funny. Infact...

Diplo_Daddy said...

How wonderful. My wife and I have visited Hawaii twice, once to Maui, then Honolulu. Both cities are beautiful. Congratulations on thirteen years of marriage! That’s truly a milestone.

I’m happy you were able to locate your missing wedding band. Yes, I’m sure you did have a sick feeling in the bottom of your stomach. I know I would.