It's no secret that last week I worked myself into quite a lather over not receiving my free lei for reviewing. So much so that I emailed alohaislandlei.com and complained about my lack of lei. I got an immediate response, saying my leis would arrive the following Tuesday -- yesterday.
I dare you to find a box from Hawaii on your front porch and not smile.
They were well-packaged, and in perfect condition.
One lei was made from white flowers, and looked very elegant.
The other was purple and smelled -- the smell is indescribably. I've lived in many places and I've travelled, but this smell is new to me. I had no immunities built up to protect myself from the glory of this smell, and nearly went into a swoon. The best I can do is to say the purple lei smelled purple and I wanted to eat it.
There are a lot of Great Lakes smells I love for nostalgic reasons alone, but it's never occurred to me that one could have a scent-memory that actually smelled good.
The purple lei smells absolutely nothing like alewives washed up on the shore of Lake Michigan, which is perhaps my madeleine of smells.
Nothing like the tanneries, Usinger's sausages, or even the old Ambrosia chocolate factory. Also? I've lived in San Francisco, and can assure you that these leis smell nothing like the corner of 9th and Irving.
These leis do not smell of industry.
Having beautiful leis can make you feel a little frantic: they don't last all that long, and how are you going to make use of them? How will you make sure this smell does not go to waste?
I put Olive in her stroller. Daisy and I put on our leis and took a walk to the hardware store. Northbrook is a village that seems to pride itself on its lack of whimsy, but leis bring out something good in people. Cars slowed down. People smiled at me. People said "hello," to me and that just does not happen around here.
When I opened the box containing the leis, I thought, "These are beautiful and I am happy to heartily endorse alohaislandlei.com for all your lei needs, but really, how many of us have lei needs?"
Now that I have two leis, still in surprisingly good condition in my refrigerator, I can think of many situations where a lei would come in handy. Bar Mitzvahs. Weddings. Funerals. Birthdays. They'd be especially nice to have during stressful situations, like IEP meetings, traffic court appearances, appointments at the DMV, and gynecological exams. The list goes on. Leis are intrinsically disarming, and you never realize how much you've been needing one until you have one.
On another note: I am going to be cutting back on how often I post here. From now until the end of the year, I will be posting once a week, on Wednesdays. In short, all this writing has made it way too easy for me to avoid Writing. There is simply no way that Writing can compete with the immediate gratification of writing.
For some of you this may be disappointing news, and some of you will feel conflicted, and some of you will find me cheeky for even suggesting my posting schedule will affect your day. But if your name happens to be Sapphira, I'm hoping this news will make you happy.