Coffee in Kauai From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thanks so much for joining me for some more Kauai moments. I hope you enjoy the little break we take together today. Grab your coffee and come on in.

Friday morning was almost a mirror image of the morning before. I could barely get out of bed, and I definitely could not stand up straight. Frustration banged on the door of my heart and I opened it just a crack, and began crying inwardly and outwardly. Why oh why did my back have to go out while on vacation? The pain was excruciating as I hobbled out to the front room to stretch out ever so slowly on the carpet, searching for some sense of relief. At that point, I was desperate and would settle for any bit of relief.

That’s how Rodney and Cheryl found me when they came out. I was about to try and get up when I heard Rodney say, “Go ahead, Cheryl.” Then I felt her bend down beside me and begin to massage my lower back. I know if she could have taken my pain, she would have; that’s just the kind of girl she is. About five minutes later, my back responded to her touch and ceased its spasms, even relaxing somewhat and allowing me to get up ever so slowly and get quasi-comfortable in the chair, reclining my feet up on the coffee table.

That’s where I stayed for a while, reading and journaling. As I read what I wrote, I can’t help but go back there to those intense moments. Let me share it with you: “Funny, I’m in so much pain, I’m trembling. My time here is coming to an end. I am stuck in between panic and calm. I want to do a few more things and yet, I want to be still and capture so much more.

Wow, what a mouthful. Seems that particular sensation, being stuck between panic and calm, has followed me home for sure to teach me how to “be” more than “do”! And yet, how does one do that with a two-and-a-half-year-old? Oh, the beauty of balance.

The guys had talked the day before and made plans for us all to bike ride in the morning and kayak in the afternoon. I was super excited when we talked about it then, and now, hunched over in pain, I didn’t know if I would be able to do it. The bike riding actually sounded good because I thought it would allow me to hunch over naturally and relieve my pain so we headed out to the bike shop across the street, right by the shaved ice booth of which there are now literally hundreds in Kauai!

The bike shop owner was a super nice lady, and she got us all geared up, fitting me with a bike that would allow me to hunch over just a little bit. After talking with her for several minutes, I felt a nudge in my heart to ask her if she liked to read, to which she responded affirmative quite enthusiastically. I shared with her that I was an author and I gave her one of my cards. “When we bring the bikes back, I’ll have a copy of my latest book with me to give to you.”

George takes in the beauty

We went on the same trail we had run and the scenery was every bit as beautiful from a bike. I stopped several times to capture beauty to bring home to you. We rode about ten miles, and even stopped to find seashells. We scored! Cheryl and I were like two people who had found treasure!

By the time we made it back to our bikes, which the guys brought down to us because we had really wandered down quite a ways in our search for shells — I was really hunched over again and my nerve endings in my low back were taking on a personality of their own separate from my desires. When we were almost back to our condo, I pulled alongside George and told him I didn’t think it would be a good idea to kayak. We agreed to encourage Rodney and Cheryl to go and we’d stay behind. I was desperate for some more quiet time on the shoreline, but not before we gave a copy of Back to Single to the bike shop owner.

That mission accomplished, George and I had some lunch while Rodney and Cheryl went back to the condo so Rodney could take a nap. Unbeknownst to us, he was in a substantial amount of pain, too.

The rest of the afternoon, we spent down on our little piece of beach relaxing. The sound of the

Please let me out of here . . .

ocean melted my pain and I was at peace again.

George found a friend; his name, Mr. Crab!

Yes, we had only one more night here, and I would make the most of it, and then tomorrow would be another full day with more sightseeing and exploring before going to the airport for our overnight flight home.

Join me next week for the conclusion of Kauai moments and thanks so much again for allowing me to share these moments and revelations with you.




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