By Kathy Giuffre
In an try to get away from her tense lifestyles as a unmarried operating mom of 2 younger boys, Kathy Giuffre books a year-long journey for 4 in a tropical paradise. on the final minute, her boyfriend broadcasts he is not becoming a member of them, and Kathy unearths herself in an unlivable residence in Rarotonga, a tiny speck in the course of the South Pacific Ocean. Her not likely savior is Emily, an 82-year-old Maori girl with a wide white residence at the fringe of the sea, which the 2 ladies percentage with callous missionaries, the ghosts of Emily’s ancestors, and, in brief, a extraordinary couple from japanese Europe. As time passes, Kathy is seduced by way of the island and its humans and through emotions she hasn't ever prior to skilled. this is often an inspirational tale approximately having the braveness to go looking for whatever higher and discovering it—serenity, sensuality, and, finally, love.
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She smiled at me, and our eyes stayed locked for one moment too long for people who are strangers. Out of all the jumbled images and memories that I have of those days, that one moment is clear, like a photograph in my mind — a photograph that I can feel and smell and hear, as well as see. In that moment of stillness I can see, even now, the slate-blue afternoon light in the kitchen, feel the warmth of the children standing close to me, and even smell the dusty sweetness of the house where we were going to live.
There are no traffic lights or stop signs on Rarotonga. There is, however, a traffic circle in downtown Avarua right by the Seven Coconut Trees — which are touted by our guidebook as a tourist attraction. Surrounded as they are by approximately seventy thousand other coconut trees, the appeal of these seven trees to tourists seems to be quite minimal. Anyway, it’s funny how simple things can quite suddenly seem very complicated when you try to do them backwards and upside-down at forty kilometres per hour.
The storm died down around sunrise and we went to sleep. Later I woke with a raging fever that went higher and higher, until finally I was delirious and Alvis had to leave me alone and try to find a doctor. There wasn’t a doctor of course, but he managed to scrounge some expired penicillin that got me well enough to travel all the way back to Guatemala City, and gave me a permanent allergy to penicillin. Because of the storm and the beers and the fever, my memories of the town are hazy and dreamlike, but strangely I have loads of photos: me, very pale, by the edge of the hotel’s pristine swimming pool; Alvis laughing with the ocean roiling behind him.
An Afternoon in Summer: My Year on a South Sea Island, Doing Nothing, Gaining Everything, and Finally Falling in Love by Kathy Giuffre