18 June 2010

we give them something to gawk at

Living in Laie can make you feel like a fish in an aquarium. Tour buses come into our tropical little town a couple times a day to gawk at the natives. Haha. I kid. Actually, they just want to get a view of our gorgeous temple, PCC, and BYU-Hawaii; and since we live a stones throw (if you can throw with great force) from all of these locations we frequently encounter many a bus on our daily jaunts about town.

I actually don't really notice anymore.

It wasn't until yesterday, when I saw a PCC tour bus of several tourists of the Asian and maninland variety rubberneck their way down our street that I realized me and my band of babes were the main attraction.

I even saw a few camera flashes go off.

And it made me come upon a halting, hilarious, incredulous realization: my life is kind of odd to the everyday human. Or is it?

If you consider a barely 26 year old woman, walking down a street lined with towering palm trees, holding a black-eyed scrappy baby on her hip who is absent-mindedly tooting a hot-orange recorder at his high-pitched singing brother, who is sitting in a red wagon full of food for his friends family who just had a new baby a rare sight...

...then yeah, we warrant a few stares and maybe even a camera flash, but what are they gonna need that picture for and what are they gonna see when they finally load their memory card onto their computer two years later (if they're anything like my parents- hehe)?

I bet if they looked back at pictures of themselves as young mothers and fathers they wouldn't see something too different.

We're all just getting through this tiring, hilarious, and exhilarating stage with as much patience and fun as we can... palm trees or not.

8 comments:

kimball said...

You are doing great. You paint a picture I would want. Keep up the good work. Dad

Ashley said...

Black eye?? What happened to my sweet little boy?

a mermaid said...

It's hard being one and learning how to get around I guess. Poor guy. He hit his face on the ground while trying to get somewhere in a hurry. :(

kristi said...

seriously its soo funny the things we do. I often put Keilana in our hiking back pack so I can take out the trash bins on trash day or when planting seeds in our garden, because I need the extra hands and she likes the ride. But I'm sure I look a tad ridiculous.

salt lake city slickers said...

now this is great! and why the black eye?!

liko said...

poor boy!!
we've been camping and just got back this morning...
don't japanese tourists LOVE blonde kids, too?? yep.
now off to do laundry and the whole camp clean-up routine...

Jessica F. said...

We get so sick of all the buses here. Tourists sort of drive me crazy. I try my best to be nice... We need a recap story about the black eye!

Mariko said...

I would totally take a picture of that.