Sometimes I feel like the weeks go by SO SLOWLY and then the weekends are done in a zip. It's just not fair. Raise your hand if you'd like for the weekend and the week to switch places. Two days of work and five days off--THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
|This photo was taken in Costa Rica and, admittedly, has nothing to do with this post. Enjoy.|
Saturday night Dane and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting our friends Moe and Travis for dinner at their beautiful new beach cottage. I'm not kidding you friends, their house is what Hawaiian dreams are made of. Not to mention, Moe cooked up some delicious pumpkin stuffed shells & caprese salad for snacking. We are so lucky to have found such great friends on this island. Also, side note, please check out Moe's Instagram feed--you will not be disappointed, I promise. The beauty to overwhelming.
Our dinner party could not have come at a better time, quite honestly. Saturday afternoon as I was returning a book to the local library, I had a bit of a startling encounter. As I was opening my car door, a woman whipped her car in and gave me the finger. I was so shocked--I hadn't done anything wrong...? So, wanting to make sure everything was okay, I waited for the woman outside her car so she could get out.
What transpired next still makes me angry.
Me: "Ma'm, I am so sorry, but I didn't see your car anywhere near that space as I was opening my car door."
Her: "Go the fuck back to the mainland where you white people belong."
And as she was walking away, she also made mention about military wives, but I couldn't quite make it out.
I was SO MAD, I immediately got into my car and drove home. I told Dane about what had happened and he was just as upset as I was. Now, this isn't the first time we've experienced racism since living in Hawaii and I'm sure it won't be the last. It's just upsetting that it even happens to begin with, ya know?
Have you ever experienced racism? Is this something that would have startled you? How would you have reacted?
^ it's clear I'm still 100% bothered by this, and I'd love to hear your thoughts.