Working on a ranch can be both challenging and rewarding. Clearing around 8,000 square feet of land in a day and planting various crops such as bananas, tapioca, papaya, taro, and kasava (Sakau) on a single day can be quite the feat. But with the help of our Pohnpei Ohanas, the task was not only made possible but also a fun experience.
We owe our deepest gratitude to Mairon, Maymay, Rolynn, Roxson, Roro, Maureen, Sammy, my brother Koli, our son Calson, our grandson RJ, and the adorable dog Cookie. With everyone pitching in to lend their hand, we were able to clear the land and plant the crops hassle-free.
It’s amazing how much work can be accomplished when there are a lot of people who are willing to help. Alongside the accomplishment, we also created memories that will last a lifetime. We learned to appreciate the beauty of nature and the value of hard work, which will serve us well for future tasks. It was truly an incredible day at the ranch, and we are grateful for everyone who has made it possible.
There’s nothing quite like witnessing the next generation learn and grow. As I spent time observing my precious grandson, RJ, learning the ins and outs of daily life on the ranch, I was struck by the powerful memories that resurfaced within me. The values and traditions that have been passed down through generations have played a crucial role in molding who I am today. From the tireless work ethic that was instilled in me from an early age to my deep reverence for the natural world around us, the lessons I learned growing up in Ifalik have never been more significant than they are now.
In our fast-paced, modern world, it’s easy to take things for granted, forgetting that the foundation of everything we have is rooted in the environment that surrounds us. That’s why it’s essential to pass on these crucial values to our children. By nurturing this mindset within them, we’re not only setting them up for success, but also training them to be compassionate, responsible caretakers of our planet.
We owe it to our ancestors to celebrate and honor their teachings. So let’s come together and instill these values in the next generation. Together, we can build a brighter, more sustainable future for all.
There’s an old adage that says “no man is an island,” and it’s quite true. We humans thrive on social connections and interactions. Cultivating and nurturing those relationships can bring a lot of joy, satisfaction, and enrichment to our lives. So, it’s always fascinating when one has the chance to make new connections with people who share similar values and interests.
In my case, I recently had the pleasure of meeting a lovely couple who live in Seattle, right in my neighborhood. We hit it off right away and enjoyed fascinating conversations that left us both energized and curious. Our common interests are many, but the most prominent ones are our love for the land and our fascination with the volcanic tubes that surround the area.
It’s been so refreshing to explore these topics with like-minded people and learn from their experiences and perspectives. I’m grateful for this opportunity because it has given me a chance to bond with my neighbors on a deeper level. And who knows, this connection might just turn into something truly meaningful and long-lasting. All in all, building relationships with fellow citizens who share interests and values can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life.