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Coffee in Kauai From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power. I really do appreciate knowing there’s you to share these Kauai moments with. Grab your coffee and come back to Kauai with me. We have just finished with a two-hour hike in the beautiful canyon of Wyamaiah.

We made it back to the car, had a snack and something to drink, and went down the road to a different vantage point of the canyon. Again, Rodney a trail, but this time it was Cheryl encouraging us to hike it. “Come on; it will be fun,” to which George rolled his eyes, shook his head and said, “You guys go ahead. I’ll have lunch ready for you when you come back.”

My heart sort of sank with his blatant refusal for adventure and exercise, but I wasn’t about to try and convince him to come. I had already accepted a long time ago that he doesn’t like exercise like I do. Well, Cheryl didn’t give up as easily as I, and she convinced him that we’d only go for a little bit. Begrudgingly he followed and I tried not to get in his space, or walk too far ahead of him, either. As I walked ahead, through some switchbacks, sharp turns, steep, steep declines and inclines, all I could think of is he’s gonna be really ticked, or maybe I’ll turn around to find him not there!

We would stop every now and then, and make sure everyone was okay. Before we would set out again, Cheryl would have something encouraging to say, and ever so genuinely. I also gave my hubby some encouraging words, because I knew he was way out of his comfort zone, but there was something else, too, and I couldn’t put my finger on it.

More than an hour later, we came to a sign, and George wrapped himself around it and declared he was done! We all laughed, and as it began to rain again, we headed back up. Talk about an amazing leg workout, wow! And there were a couple of times I misjudged the distance between steps and came down harder and further than I had anticipated. I didn’t think anything of it . . .

We finally made it back to the car and headed for the nearest beach so we could stop and eat. That beach wound up being somewhat desolate, a beach with a sad story and it looked it. But that’s for a different blog, a different day.

It was while we were eating lunch that George got all of our attention when he said, “I want to tell you guys something.” His tone of voice startled me because he sounded upset. I listened, and so did they, as he explained that he didn’t mind doing the hikes; he just didn’t want to hold us up. The transparency in which he shared his genuine concern was like handing me a flashlight into his heart. He wants to learn to like exercising; he knows it’s good for him, and he even admitted that he needed to have a better attitude. Oh, be still my heart.

Ladies, if you ever think that God doesn’t hear your prayers, please, let me assure you that He does and His desire is to grant the desires of our hearts, as He changes them. I’m so very glad I didn’t get angry and show disrespect through frustration because that would have only interfered with my husband’s transparency!



P.S. I’d like to send a “Very Happy Happy Birthday” wish to my longtime friend, Karen, a fellow court reporter, and also one of my favorite people who never fails to give me a great ab workout with her uncanny one-liners that make me laugh until I hurt! I love you, Karen, aka, Nikki!

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