One of my kumu hula (dance teacher) from the Big Island, upon first meeting me, asked me what island I was from. I told him I was born on the mainland and he corrected me, saying no, I was an old soul and in one of my lives I was Hawaiian. I guess you could say that explains my affinity for the Hawaiian culture as much as anything else – when I’m in Hawaii or I dance, it feels like home.
Dancing in a company for 15 years, I studied Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori dance. I was even asked to be my kumu hula’s alaka’i (rather like an assistant dance teacher), though I got immediately
pregnant (not because of being an alaka’i, obviously) and that curtailed hula. I still desperately miss it, but it isn’t in my cards for the foreseeable future. I guess that means I’ll have to just spend a lot more time in Hawaii to make up for it!
I’ve leapt horses over fences riding English-style. I’m scuba certified for water, I’ve gone spelunking in underground caves and hiking in the forests. I’ve canoed down a stream, while bending backwards, to avoid a cottonmouth snake in an overhead branch. I’ve chased away several bears. I’ve sprained my ankle in the Tower of London. I was a cheerleader who braved crowds of thousands even though I’m an introvert. I’ve delighted in holding sparklers and watching fireworks set off in the backyard off of a country road. I’m so much more than another vintage gal on the scene.
I married my first love. I’ve met the celebrated and well-known. I think visiting National Parks and Monuments is one of the greatest gifts the American people have (I think last count I’ve visited 37). I sew, I dance, I play games, I cook, I garden, I mother, I nurture, I plan, and I dream. I’m more than just a pretty vintage face. But never fear. This isn’t a farewell, I’ve-lost-my-interest-in-vintage, adieu. Far from it. I love my vintage life and will bore you with it for quite a while to come. But we are all more than we are in the moment. We have all evolved into who we are today. And I know my evolution won’t end any time soon.