we awaken to how much it hurts
A new Hawaiian Facebook friend named Michael asked me, “Olelo Hawai’i Oe?” So out came the Hawaiian dictionary in which I found out “Olelo” means “speak” and “Oe” means “you.” So it became clear that he was asking if I speak Hawaiian. I wrote back that I don’t yet although I am picking up words here and there and that I hope to get better at it once I am living in the Hilo area. What I did not tell him is that I have a secret feeling of inadequacy in regard to learning a new language stemming mostly from never having adequately learned what all the various parts of speech are and do. I had 2 years of Spanish in college but in no way can it be said of me that I speak Spanish!
We can get so used to doing what we…
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