Saying Aloha to Friends is Always Difficult

When a stranger shows up at church on a motorcycle (in complete motorcycle attire), most people would either raise an eyebrow, scratch their head or just freak out altogether.  My first reaction was, “Awesome, you’ve gotta love a guy who brings his motorcycle to church!”

Bikers go to Church too!

For me, this presented yet another way to impress upon the rest of the World that motorcyclists are not the rebellious, drunken, Godless, skull swinging, hell’s angels that everyone likes to think they are.  So there!

Lazar and his motorcycle

Such was the case with Lazar, our friend pictured here to the right.  I look back on it now and laugh.  Here was a notable presence, complete with heavy jacket, helmet, and all, walking into church and ruffling a few feathers (I don’t really know if that’s true but I’m pretty darn sure).  Whatever the case, it’s certainly worth a chuckle because Lazar is so the opposite of the biker stereotype.  🙂   This was about three or four years ago now, I think.  More recently, I discovered that Lazar was someone with whom I could share my concern about the repeated motorcycle tragedies plaguing our roadways.  He was a biker who put safety first and wasn’t in denial about the danger.  Finally!

Alas, life being what it is, and Hawaii being where it is, we’re about to lose yet another we have said hello and then had to say goodbye to more people than I can count.  Honolulu International Airport has a revolving door, I swear!  It seems that you just find common ground and come to a meeting of the minds with someone and *poof* they’re gone.

Fan of Serbia and supporter of its causes.

Lazar has a great aloha for Serbia and now his heart is going to take him there.  I wonder if the Serbian people will understand “Serbocharged.”  I got it so I suppose they will.

Coffee hour with Bosa and Lazar

You’ll be missed, Lazar. I know you don’t believe it, but you will. This Saturday there will be a short service with prayers for the safe travel of our friends. I almost got out of this departure without any tears — no guarantees about Saturday’s travel moleiben (prayer service).

While many people have an affinity for different lands and different cultures throughout the World, one might say, “Yes, but why leave home and move there?”

Lazar and Vesna together.

Aha!  That’s why!  You’ll never catch me questioning or arguing with matters of the heart.  His lady, Vesna, awaits his arrival back at home, in Serbia.  May God bless you both, bless your lives together, and always keep you safe!

Aloha kaua (may there be friendship between us) always!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Vern | AimforAwesome // May 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I didn’t know him, but I’m sure he was a great guy… now, what’s going to happen to that bike?

  • 2 Evelyn // May 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Too funny! I’m sure he’s probably going to sell it, Vern, but I’ll have to contact you privately after I find out. He may see the post and your comment and reply to you here himself.

    I suppose that’s a very good question to ask. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and thanks for asking!

  • 3 A Maui Blog // May 9, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Yes, saying aloha is hard. God bless your friend!

  • 4 Evelyn // May 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Thank you, Liza, that was very nice. Blessings are always good. 🙂 It’s always nice to know that you’ve made an impact on people too and that your absence will be felt.

  • 5 ???? ???? ?????? // May 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Vern its for sale $4,000 .
    email me if interested in buying it.
    Christ between us

  • 6 Evelyn // May 10, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you, Lazar, for dropping by and for answering that question.

    Please stay in touch with us and keep us updated from time to time about events in Serbia!

  • 7 Rod // May 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Well there goes my smoking budding. You see folks, in our Orthodox Church I think only Lazar and I would at times enjoy a cigarette or two. For you young ones out there that might be reading this blog, DON’T START!!! Though we might enjoy a smoke or two I’m not saying it’s the right thing to do. But anyway you will be missed my friend! Hope to see you again!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 8 Evelyn // May 19, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Thank you, Rod, for sharing in the sentiment that we’ll miss our friend! Thank you also for sharing some good advice with everyone to not start smoking! 🙂

  • 9 Knez // Jun 12, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Dear Lazar!
    Wellcome to Serbia!
    God bless you both!
    Hope to see you soon.

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