we had an interesting lesson in relief society today if i had to give it a title it would have been "more family for your buck this holiday season." it was actually really good. there were some funny stories shared and good ideas given. we have a tongan woman by the name of sela fenga in our ward and she rules (she bought three board games from me at the garage sale, i told her to give me a couple bucks and she made me take a $10, she rules). really though, she is so cool. she is one of those ladies who when she speaks i always want to listen. she has had so many cool life experiences, her stories always hit me the right way. we were talking about how christmas these days revolves around money, yadda, yadda, yadda, and she commented. i listened. then i decided that i want to jump plane and go to an island and live simply. i feel like my life is pretty simple, but i could get down to just the basics and be ever so happy. she told of how when she was growing up she and her siblings went to school, then came home and did chores. when their work was done they would run to the beach. "to run in the sand, to jump in the water and swim, this was our fun." then she spoke of christmas- how the didn't even know what money looked like, how all they looked forward to was their cousins coming to visit, how her dad would hang big bunches of bananas from their avocado tree and on christmas day they would sit under the tree and eat bananas with their family and that was their treat.
sign me up.
thank you sela, i want to be even more like you when i am old and tongan. i can see why luke's parents loved living there so much. and luke, why didn't you do for dual citizenship? we could get some land, an avocado tree and some bananas and live happily ever after.