"Harry Potter fan?" I ask.
"Absolutely," he said.
And just like that, we were best friends.
Jason and I had a nice chat with him about HP theories, which led to us talking about traveling, teaching, and parenting. He and his wife are in Kauai for their 25th wedding annivesary. They're from Bangor, Maine, which led us to talk about our honeymoon in Camden, Maine. Even though I'm not always emboldened to talk to strangers in regular life, somehow vacations bring it out in me. There's always something to talk about.
The weather has been beautiful--not too hot, a nice breeze blowing in from the ocean. We hung around the resort for most of the day except for a drive out to Princeville and Hanalei, where we had to stop for a little pre-dinner dessert. I finished off Austenland, which Inkling loaned me just in time for me to bring it along. It's a charming and funny tale of a woman, Jane Hayes, trying to break her literary crush on Mr. Darcy. Inkling warned me that the writing wasn't fabulous, so I didn't mind that this was, in some cases, true. It was entertaining though with laugh-out-loud moments, perfect for a vacation read.
Speaking of tomorrow...facial and massages for Grandma and me. Woo hoo. Jason is snorkeling at Tunnels in the morning, and then will watch Jules while we ladies are off being pampered. Such bliss. It all would be perfectly relaxing except that Jules has turned out to be a very uncooperative travel buddy. She's a dear, of course, except for all the squirming when we're trying to eat, or screaming when we're driving the car, or waking when we're trying to sleep. Other than that, she's perfect. The upside is that she has convinced me, utterly convinced me, that after Jules turns one in December, Jason and I are going to belatedly celebrate our 10-year anniversary with a vacation without kids.
But enough of the small complaining. I'm in Hawaii. It's good.
This one is for you, Karen.
**I know it's Saturday, but I typed this on Friday and had trouble posting it.