April 17, 2001 Grandmas are the Best
I know, I know. You have the best grandma. Well, I believe you. But so do I. For one thing, she can cook. No trip to the Big Island (where she lives) is complete without eating Grandma’s warabi salad and kakuma salad. It’s so good that I can’t eat it anywhere else. My tastebuds are spoiled. Seriously. So this past weekend when I went to Hilo, Grandma brought warabi salad to dinner one night. Naturally, I devoured it, but guiltily asked her to make me kakuma salad before I had to leave on Sunday. Sounds selfish, but if you only knew…
For another thing, she can sew. And not only sew. She can quilt, make leis, embroider, crochet…anything that calls for a needle and good hands. She sewed my formal dresses in high school, crocheted all the towels in my kitchen, and custom-made my bedskirt when I couldn’t find a matching one. She made Hawaiian quilts for each of her children and grandchildren, drafts her patterns, and will make 14 cigar flower leis for my “second” wedding this summer. She is absolutely incredible. So when I was desperate to find a dress for my junior bridesmaid, I turned to Grandma, and she came through. I told you I had the best grandma…
That’s not all. My grandma line-dances every week. She volunteers at the church. She tries all kinds of craft – lauhala weaving, plastic bag knitting, and what-have-you. She wakes up at 5:00 AM every Tuesday and Thursday to drive my grandpa to meet his friends for golf. She does crossword puzzles. She and Grandpa go to Las Vegas three or four times a year. She opens her house for New Years Eve and Mochitsuki every year. And that’s just the start.
But the one thing that makes my grandma so special is the way she makes you feel. In her own way, she has taught me many of the values I have today. I find it totally amazing how she has lived such a meaningful and fulfilling life despite all the hardships she endured growing up as a nisei in Hawaii. I am humbled by the sacrifices she has made so that I would have an easier life. Above all, I am grateful to have such a wonderful grandma.
See, I told you my grandma was the best.
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #73（スーザン先生の英語講座）
You have arrived at the airport for a short trip to a neighbor island. But you are a few hours early, and would like to know if there are open seats on an earlier flight. Go to the service counter and say,
“I am on Flight — to Hilo. Is there an earlier flight that I could catch?”
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|