We shoot with cameras.


@postaday 168; #postaday2011.

We hunt with cameras, we shoot with cameras. Our spoils are photographs of each other. Our spoils are big game, which to our family could be a different sort of thing than what everybody else thinks.

Our big game are ice cream cones, bridges, water towers and the houses I used to live in. It’s a line of toll booths, a cityscape in silhouette, a bowl of meatball and escarole soup in an Italian restaurant, which seems to exist in every New Jersey strip mall.

Why do I gravitate to such places? The food is amazing and the waitress and I make a connection and then we are the family from Hawaii and ‘whataryadoininJerseyareyoucrazy’ questions pop off like paparazzi. They love us and the rapid-fire interrogations result in familial connections and free tiramisu. They cannot get over how someone from Jersey now lives in Hawaii.

Most people, I guess, stay put where they are born and raised. And some of us need to launch. It is so nice to visit, but I could only live in Hawaii, and enjoy our photographic memories.

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Author: lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Learners Coordinator and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.

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