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The Aloha Spirit
Dedicated to Donna, who lives the Aloha Spirit
Submitted by Debbie
"Don't think I've ever seen one from Hawaii before," the motor vehicle clerk said, looking over Diane's driver's license. "Is it as beautiful as they say? Always figured it would be a good place for a honeymoon, if I ever got married."
"So did I, I mean, that's why we moved there. It was a nice place to visit, and we decided to live there," Diane answered.. "But, when the marriage ended, I figured it was time to end the honeymoon, too."
"Oh, I'm sorry," he said, embarrassed.
"I'm not!" Diane laughed. "Well, I'm sorry to leave Hawaii. Got used to the Aloha Spirit."
"What's that? Some kind of drink?"
"Not that kind of spirit! It's how the people treat you. Aloha isn't just a greeting, it's a way of life. The Aloha Spirit is even written in Hawaiian law."
"The law?" Dave laughed. "I thought traffic laws were hard to enforce!"
"Well, I guess it's easy for the people to keep. Let's see if I can remember . . . my Hawaiian was never very good. A stands for Akahai, or kindness expressed with tenderness. L stands for Lôkahi, or unity, expressed with harmony. O stands for `Olu`olu, means agreeable, expressed with pleasantness. H stands for Ha`aha`a, meaning humility, expressed with modesty. And A stands for Ahonui, meaning patience, expressed with perseverance. All together, it's Aloha!"
"Wow! The mainland could use that, too."
"Oh, no. It's what makes Hawaii unique. It's how the people live. Even in church meetings, a speaker begins his talk with an enthusiastic, ‘Aloha!' and the people shout it back."
"I can't imagine! By the way, my name is Dave. Looks like we're practically neighbors," he said, typing in Diane's address. "We may not have the Aloha Spirit, but we're a pretty friendly neighborhood. Maybe I'll see you around."
Diane smiled. There had been so many changes in her life the last few months, she forgot what it was like to talk with another man. A single man at that.
"Actually, I've been looking for a place to buy fresh fruit. Another thing I miss about the islands."
"There are great farm stands just north of here!" Dave said. Diane watched as he drew a map and pointed out landmarks. What a nice guy, she thought. And handsome, too!
Dave was right. The fruit was as good as he said, and she thought about him every time she ate a piece. Wonder if I'll ever see him again, she thought. Too bad I only need one drivers license!
Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day, almost like Hawaii. She found the local church and sat in back. She was enjoying the meeting, and was suddenly startled to see a familiar face at the pulpit. It was Dave! He stood at the stand, and catching her eye, said in a hearty voice, "Aloha!" The congregation looked astonished, but Diane smiled, mouthing "Aloha" in return. Maybe she can find the Aloha Spirit again after all!