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CAROL PERKINS: New Family Tradition II, Year 2, with Eme

The Perkins carry on New Family Tradition, taking a Grands + one grandchild on vacation. This year, it was Hawaii with Eme. The Hawaii adventure continues. - CAROL PERKINS, remembering an encounter in Cozumel
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: New Family Tradition Part I, in Hawaii with Em

By Carol Perkins

As our Hawaiian vacation continued, we drove from one end of the island to the other in our rental car. The North Shore is famous for surfing, and Eme wanted to learn. "I can take lessons!" At our hotel, a professional gave surf lessons daily, but when she watched the beginners (all adults) falling off among the rocky sand below their boards, she didn't mention taking lessons again.

One day I sat in my chair with my feet in the sand and watched her wear herself out trying to stand on the boogie board while fighting against the waves. Determined to get the hang of it, she would glide a few feet each time without falling. By then, I had rented an umbrella and a lounge chair and Guy had joined us. "You keep an eye on her for awhile so I can shut mine."

In choosing activities for the week from a stack of brochures spread across the desk in our room, she listed swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling, surf lessons, jet packing, parasailing, and shopping. One by one, we checked into her wishes. Swimming with the dolphins turned into a dolphin encounter (because of her age), but she patted and kissed a dolphin. Snorkeling and parasailing required an adult. Rolling of the side of a boat wasn't going to happen. The jet packing didn't look like $200 worth of fun. Shopping was an easy one. We found many other things to do such as visiting Diamond Head, taking a submarine ride, a sunset dinner cruise, spending a day at the Polynesian Village, which included a luau and a play, visiting Pearl Harbor, beach hopping, and shopping. By nine o'clock , she was ready to crawl into bed with her electronics.

We could have stayed at the complex for fun but we always ventured out. One night, we came back to find a mob trying to get in and out of the hotel parking structure. A security guard stopped us. "You'll have to find parking at another location. The lot is full." A local artist had performed right under our nose. Guy said, "You're telling me that I'm spending a week here and can't park?" He said a few other convincing things. Finally, another guard gave Guy permission to "look" for a spot in the garage. Guy's high blood pressure was soaring, and I shot him a look to remember who was in the back seat. "She'll learn to take up for herself!" he said.

The next morning we were going on another adventure, so Guy told us to wait in the lobby while he went after the car. "Do you know where it is?"

"Third floor, spot 65." I was impressed. After ten minutes, Eme started to fret. "Where is he?" After thirty minutes, she said, "I bet he can't find the car. I need to go help him." Not happening! Luckily, he had his phone. "Where are you?"

"I can't find the car. There's a red car in my spot!" Eme was right. One hour later with the help of a parking attendant, he found it in a connecting structure! I felt too sorry for him to laugh. "I nearly burned the soles off my shoes," he said. "Plus carrying around this stupid beach bag."

"I tried to tell CiCi I could have found it!" She is beginning to sound like me.

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