Aloha, my brother, Aloha.

In 2011 I had the hardest couple of days of my life, but also two of the most beautiful.  Don’t get me wrong.  I would rather not have had the hardest day, but if it is going to happen, and it will, then let it be as it was.

If Google treated me right, ‘ohana is the Hawaiian word for family.  Not just family relations, but those we enfold into our family, and those with whom we share a common bond.

I believe there are many lives encompassed by the ‘ohana born from the strangely beautiful tragic loss of Steve.  It is not just the void left behind, rather it is the way we gathered to say good-bye.  It is such a fragile bond we share, one that could easily have torn our family apart, separated friends.  Instead I think our family is closer.  We know what it is like to hold our broken hearts in our hands while we watch such a vibrant being slip away.  We know.  We can look across at each other, not say a word, just know.

Steve touched so many lives, many people I will never meet.  He knew so many people but would not have considered himself social.  You also share in this final farewell, this aloha.  Many had a special moment to say a farewell.  You also know. You too belong in this ‘ohana.

It was a beautiful day today on Hawaii…windy but beautiful.  We ate one of Steve’s favorite meals.  Steve would have loved this day.

Aloha, my brother.  We will never be the same without you.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Becky Birdsall Hansen
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 08:13:17

    Thank you Lisa, for your thoughts…so true and beautiful.


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