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Gardening Is A Passion For Wellington’s

Twig Morris

Story by Ray Burow • Photos by Abner Pedraza

The distant smoke of burning sugarcane trigger fond memories for Wellington’s Twig Morris. Born in San Francisco, Morris relocated to Hawaii as a child. “I find it kind of interesting that I ended up here,” she said. “I can see the sugarcane burning, and it makes me feel at home.” Morris’ father accepted a physician’s job on a sugarcane plantation in Hawaii. Her father was a true country doctor, who also enjoyed fishing in his spare time, which was one of the primary reasons that the family made the move, landing on the island of Oahu. Morris loved her time there. She had many friends, and life on the island was serene and safe. “What a wonderful place to grow up. It was like any other small-town, country setting. Everybody knew everybody,” she recalled. “We lived on a cul-de-sac, so we were always out on the street playing. We could walk to the movies at night, and our parents never worried. It was a kinder, gentler time.” Morris didn’t take her paradise-like surroundings for granted, taking full advantage of the beaches and the mountains. “The beach was right there. If you liked to hike, the mountains were there, and it was always green, and it was always warm and like here in Florida,” she said. Though life on the island was wonderful, she eventually had the desire to get out and experience a world beyond the idyllic setting. 76

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“You know, when you grow up on the island of Oahu, if you can possibly afford it, you want to get off of the rock and go to the mainland and see the world. So, I did,” Morris said. She left paradise and headed to the Big Apple. Well, specifically Adelphi University on New York’s Long Island, where she studied dance. Morris had gained an interest in dance while in high school, and also under the tutelage of her mother, who had been a dancer. Spending lots of time in nearby New York City, Morris took every opportunity to hop on the train to see a show or enjoy the city’s museums. Following her graduation, she landed a job in New York, and soon after met Kevin Morris at an engagement party. He was a friend of the groom-to-be, who also happened to be Twig’s roommate’s fiancé. A year and a half later, Twig and Kevin married. They will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary in July. Setting aside plans to become a dancer, Morris instead worked for an advertising agency, before becoming a stayat-home mother to her two daughters, Chrissy and Katie. Once the girls were

in school, Morris returned to the workforce, landing a job she loved with a Fortune 500 company that manufactured medical supplies and diagnostic equipment. Morris was a part of the public affairs department at Becton Dickinson for 11 years. Following retirement, Twig and Kevin Morris moved to Wellington. Daughter Chrissy lived in the area and suggested they come down and take a look. The couple settled in Village Walk, where Morris serves on the architectural committee. In an interesting twist, Chrissy later moved to Hawaii. Apparently, the old saying “you can never go home again” isn’t true. Morris now visits Oahu fairly often. “Every time we go back, it is always nice. My mother was very active in the community, and my dad was the doctor in the town,” she said. “Just about every kid born there, my dad delivered. My mom taught dance to half the community in the schools. When I go back, they go, ‘Oh, right, I knew your dad. I knew your mom.’ It was nice that they were being remembered that way. It’s a very special place with very special memories.” It’s possible to fall in love with more than one locale. Morris has settled into the Wellington community quite well and feels at home here, too. “We’ve met so many wonderful people in our community and, of course, through my involvement in the garden club,” she said. “All of my friends there are very special, and we’re all involved

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