Soooooooooo I think around 2010, we went to Maui and I bought a souvenir, weeeeeeeeeellll one of many buuuuuuut this particular one was my absolute FAVORITE and THE ONLY ONE I still have today!!!
It was a handmade flower hair accessory made out of dried pineapple 🍍 leaves and I had bought it from just some random booth of locals that lived there!!!
Buuuuuuut you all know me and of course I couldn’t just buy something from the locals, I had to talk to them! I had to ask them about their culture and ethnicity and customs and well liiiiiiiike most people, THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH ME!!! Annnnnd the next thing I knew they were weaving me a fresh Hawaiian 🌺 flower wreath for my hair, the base being made out of palm leaves and beautiful flowers woven in!
And they didn’t charge me for it! They just place it on my head like I was royalty…. And told me I was beautiful!!!! Annnnnnd you guys KNOWS how much I looooooove flowers!!! Soooooooo let me tell you all something, I wore that flower crown everyday I was there annnnnd I got SOOOOO MUCH ATTENTION from it!!! (There’s actually another really funny story I’ll share another time!)
Anyways, if you guys know me, I have tendency to not keep things foreverrrrr!!!! Buuuuuuut I’ve always kept that handwoven pineapple 🍍 leafe flower! It’s a neutral color and goes with anything and even though in some ways it’s almost plain, its simplicity has an exotic flair to it! And it’s unique too- you neverrrrr go anywhere and see someone else with a handwoven pineapple leaf flower!!Plus I have such a good memory of the Hawaiian people that made it and crowned me while I was there!!!
|See here’s a picture of me with it… see???|
Well I’m usually willing to share any of my hair accessories with my niece, and I don’t even care if she asks, buuuuuuuut one day she walks into church MY MAUI FLOWER in her and I just about had to pray through during prayer!!! I looooooove that flower and it’s pretty much irreplaceable!!! And yeah I knoooooow that there’s a good chance I’d lose or break it, buuuuuuut at least I’ll just be mad at myself and not someone else….I mean all my other things can be rebought buuuuuuuut NOT THAT ONE!!!! Weeeeeeeeeeellllll I didn’t say anything buuuuuuut when she gave it back to me I hid it in my drawer… I’ve had it for 12 years… I’ve gotta preserve it!!!
Well I wore it to church a few more times and each time I took it off I’d tuck it into my drawer! Then one day I was cleaning and straightening up my drawers and I realized something…
MY PINAPPLE MAUI FLOWER WAS GONE!!! 😱
It was no where!!! I searched through all my hair accessories and it.was.GONE. 😭 and my room is clean and I don’t have clutter or lots of junk because I’m constantly clearing out sooooooo I knew it was under junk or something…UGH!! I was liiiiiike I guess that’s what I get for not wanting to share it, buuuuuuut STILL I’d rather it was me that lost it!!!! Haha 😝
I went to my sisters room and was liiiiiiike, you’re not going to believe this buuuuuuut my flower from Maui is OFFICIALLY GONE!!! My sister was like, after all these years??? I was liiiiiike yeah!!! I guess I should’ve known me keeping something for this long without it breaking, or getting lost was just too good to be true!!! NOTHING LASTS FOREVER!!!
Then I was liiiiiike, I know it’s kinda dumb, buuuuuuuuuut, I actually think I’m going to pray about it!!! SO I DID!!!! I was liiiiiike, God I know it’s just a stupid hair accessory, buuuuuuuuuut you know where it is and if you want to, you can get it back to me!!! And that was that!!! I went on my life for the few weeks… SHOCKINGLY;) juuuuuuuuust fine without my FAVORITE HAIR ACCESSORY!!! 🤷♀️
Then one Sunday, I opened my purse, okay so I only use a purse on Sundays… I know, I knoooooow I’m WEIRD!!!! Well and it’s always the same purse! I only have two purses, a church purse and a casual purse and the casual purse is RARELY USED!!! So open my Sunday purse and GASPED…
In a ziploc bag is my favorite hair accessory!!!
Now I had used it SEVERAL SUNDAYS since I had prayed about it… soooooooo idk if I just never saw the bag, which I have no recollection of putting it in there if I did OR if God was just like, let me put that in a ziploc before I put it in her purse… buuuuuuuuut there it was!!!
My beloved pineapple 🍍 leaf Maui flower!!!!
I know, I know, I knoooooow…
It’s just a stupid little trinket, buuuuuuuuuuut…
GOD ANSWERED MY PRAYER!!! I don’t care what anyone says, GOD CARES ABOUT HAIR ACCESSORIES!!!! HE DOES!!!
♥Mary Frances :)