According to Wikipedia.org, “Lei is a Hawaiian word for a garland or wreath. More loosely defined, a lei is any series of objects strung together with the intent to be worn. The most popular concept of a lei in Hawaiian culture is a wreath of flowers draped around the neck presented upon arriving or leaving as a symbol of affection….Children and sweethearts are poetically referred to as “lei” and many ancient and modern songs and chants refer to this imagery.”
Thinking of my family, my daughter, my husband, my parents, my brother, this might be one of the sweetest metaphors I’ve run across. Just finished a rewrite of a story about a family who is separated. I got two letters from Fat Cat yesterday. He is homesick.