I took this photo near our home in Hawaii Kai, using my iPhone (naturally). I’d been out for a four-mile run and took the photo as an act of reminiscing. All three of our daughters had attended this elementary school. The photo of the girls (below left) was taken during these elementary school years. When we moved to the islands in 1971, we had planned to send them to Punahou School immediately. It’s a school that two generations of Smiths before them had attended–my dad, my older brother and I.
But when we purchased a townhouse home in Hawaii Kai in east Oahu, we noted that there was this splendid looking public elementary school practically next door. My salary at the Honolulu Advertiser, which had hired me as financial editor, was relatively modest and Margie for the time being would be pretty much a full-time mom. Saving $$$ would be nice.
So Suzanne went to Hahaione Elementary for one year, Patty for three years and Sandy for five. The photos at the right were taken while the girls were in Punahou. Suzanne is the top, next Patty and Sandy with our dog, Winston.
Back to the sign at the top. On a recent visit, Sandy said it had not existed at the time she was there. And the “motto” — Appreciation, Integrity, Respect — was new to her. Notice that it spells AIR — air for the hawk to fly through, I guess.
Patty, sadly, was to die of lymphoma, before completing her first year of college. That’s another story, told in a previous blog.
Bottom line: Enjoy the joys of life — to make the memories even sweeter.