🌄 Day 303/365
My patio has gone from a barren, hot, empty shell to a green, lush, welcome lanai. Birds visit often. Baby geckos jump out from everywhere when I water the plants. I’ve never seen so many baby geckos. Some of my plants have uses — green onions, aloe — while others are just pretty to look at — a friend blessed me with several happy orchids — full, multi-plant orchids with dozens and dozens of leaves. Prior to this I would occasionally own a single, small orchid that I got at Trader Joe’s (a California/mainland store) that never really lived past a couple of months. They never had the strength to establish themselves, especially in an arid, desert-like environment such as California. (Kind of like us?) I set a small stone bowl that my grandfather gave me on a table and fill it with water. It looks pretty, holds a lot of symbolism, and gives birds and geckos alike something to drink if the tropical sun gets a little hot. It’s not much, honestly, but to me it’s really lovely. I’ve had bigger gardens before, sure. But none have held has much love and poetry as this — our first personal lanai on Maui. It’s a daily reminder that we’re really here — a dream come true. And every day —like those thriving orchids— with a little love and attention, we establish ourselves here on the island too. It hasn’t been easy, hell we’re still working on it, but it reminds me to have hope, to be patient, and above all else, to love where we live. And we do. We really, truly do.
This sunrise was captured in Kihei, Maui at 5:58am on the 26th of April, 2023.
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