Her older sister was here for 2 weeks last month, and brought along her boyfriend, whom we all adore. I happened to introduce them during my last visit to the mainland in 2013. This young man has a connection to the islands too, since his parents were both raised on Oahu. The happy couple plans to make their move to the Big Island in no more than 2 years. The mere thought of it makes my heart sing. This daughter will soon be moving away from San Francisco, where she has resided for the last 7 years, to a beautiful locale where I lived with her father in the early days of our relationship. (White House Canyon) That's where her guy lives and it will be good practice for life here as it is remote, with dirt roads, but just an hour from the city of Santa Cruz. San Francisco has completely lost it's appeal for both son and my daughter. It was inevitable.
My eldest, (my son) has had a particularly harsh year. He is now emerging from an emotional dark cloud, after a particularly tragic breakup. It's been painful to watch, but he is strong and wise beyond his years. He stayed with us for a total of 6 weeks last summer and found some comfort and closure here before returning to his life in "Babylon." Some really positive change has at last been occurring in him. He has moved forward emotionally and I feel like I can exhale again. There is no greater suffering than watching your children suffer the indignities of life. Sadly, they must.