Memory of Max – Leleuvia Island, Fiji

I met some people at Leleuvia Island, an extended family of Americans who had come to remember their mother, who had brought up the family many years ago in Suva.   At the end of a long, hot afternoon, I asked Max, the cutest little 8 year old, what he had been doing.

Sandcastles left over from the day before, Leleuvia, FijiHe replied that he had just been playing in the sand.

What else?  – said I.

Oh, nothing, just playing in the sand with Sophie (his cousin).

All day?

Uh-huh, all day.

That night, after dinner, I went to look at the water, and noticed hundreds and hundreds of sandcastles all over the beach, and in the coconut trees.  This photo is what was left after high tide the next day, a couple of hours after the family had left the island by boat to start their journey home.  A memory of Max and Sophie.

Sandcastles left over from the day before, Leleuvia, Fiji

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