After a month-and-a-half of roughing it in a hotel on Waikiki Beach, our house on Fort Shafter is nearly ready for us.  In just ten more days the movers will begin carting crates filled with our life up the driveway and into our home on Simpson Loop.  As anxious as I have been for that day to come, a funny thing has happened.  I suddenly feel the urge to hurry up and live like a tourist!
    We have spent a great deal of time at the swimming pool and sampled a few of the many beaches, we have driven H3 and marveled at the breathtaking views from various scenic points throughout the island.  We have also been to the Honolulu Aquarium and Sunset on the Beach as well as walked an endless footpath up and down Waikiki.  And still I feel as though we have yet to scratch the surface!
    I realize that we have three years here during which we will have the opportunity to see and do things that we would only otherwise dream about.  But once we move into our home, real life will also kick in.  There will be family obligations, school, work, sports, appointments and other everyday tasks that must be completed.
    My sincere hope is that rather than living like a tourist in the next week or so we will take time each week to do something remarkable.  That we will indeed leave the island a few years from now having learned to surf and standup paddle board.  And that we will have experienced more than we could have ever imagined!



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