1: A traditional Maori greeting in which people press their noses together
It had been twelve years since she had been to the small island. A desire to travel drove her across the seas. She met people of all sizes and skin colors.
But despite the wonders she witnessed, a yearning grew. She missed home. Once again, she took to the water. Each day she drew closer to home and more eager. What had changed? What was the same?
Finally, she stepped ashore. Her mother waited with tears in her eyes. They exchanged hongi. She didn’t know how long she would stay, but for now, she was content in her mother’s embrace.