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Auntie

Today at the pool, about ten kids I didn't know called me "Auntie." Here in Hawaii it happens every day.

"Auntie! Watch me put my head underwater!"

"Auntie! My sister can jump, you want to see her?"

"Auntie! Will you help me get my towel?"

 "Auntie! Can you show me how to kick my legs while I hold onto the edge of the pool?"

I'm always taken aback by the fearlessness of the kids. They trust me immediately. I'm an Auntie--an elder-- and their sense is that I will take care of them. 

It reminds of something very old. And something very new. Something many of us have lost and are looking to regain. 

Innocence. Trust. Ease.

In Hawai'i it's called O'hana-- Family. 

Now each time a child calls me "Auntie" I feel so proud. That they've chosen me, that they trust me. They ask. I give. It's so easy. I haven't forgotten. 

 

April 16th, 2009

Comments:

Comment #1 by mika on April 17, 2009 - 12:08am

this makes me smile.

Comment #2 by Brooke on April 26, 2009 - 11:00pm

I had similar experiences in Morocco. Children should be infectious--not contained or quarantined.

Comment #3 by jhljl on September 13, 2011 - 3:48am

Thank you Carol! We're still in beta, but I'm liking it a lot, too. It feels closer, somehow, to where/who/how I am. I appreciate your feedback.

Comment #4 by Julia on October 9, 2011 - 8:33pm

A nice perspective of seing things.

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