Home is where the memories are. Home is where you were born and raised of course. I was born and raised in the beautiful archipelago below the equator in the South Pacific. This view is right out the back of my house in Lauli’i American Samoa. I grew up here in Puafotu land.
So, shells, sound of waves, shark fins, coral reefs, tide pools, turtle hatch seasons, feet sinking in sand are all a familiar setting. We visited home recently and was able to take several pictures while home. Sharing the alofa (love) with anyone who’s not familiar with tropical areas and our paradise of American Samoa.
Caught the sunrise several times at 5:45Am close to 6Am some mornings while home. It’s so peaceful and the air is just crisp and clean before the rush hour. Sunrise is beautiful until the sun is standing still in the middle of the sky. If you’re not familiar with the humid warm air of paradise American Samoa, now you’re warned with baking instructions around the sun.
I spent a lot of time here writing. There was no wireless or any access to my phone carrier, so everyday here was a reminder that this was the “pause” that I definitely needed. I didn’t have any of that while in Wisconsin, but relaxing here is a reminder that I needed to relax and enjoy the view before returning back to the cornfield in the Midwest.