Last month my brother and I received a check in the mail from our Grandpa in Honolulu. He usually sends us gift money for Christmas, but this wasn't a Christmas check in the middle of July.
It's been several years since I've been back to Honolulu to visit the family. The last time I was there Grandma and Grandpa were pretty healthy. They had their routine...market runs, walk around the mall, Zippy's once a week. But since then, things have changed.
I've been in complete denial that my grandparents were aging. I always thought our Okinawan genes would keep them immortal. But when we got that check, my brother and I knew we needed to see them.
This trip back will be an emotional one.