A few days ago, Pennie Walters had a blog post titled Dilemma, in which she lamented the fact that she was feeling hitch itch and longed to be on the move, though she and her husband are enjoying family time with their kids and grandkids. Pennie wrote: “A part of my heart wants to stay here and enjoy the rest of our summer with our family, yet another part of me is ready to hit the road and explore new adventures. I find the more we live the full-time lifestyle the more I enjoy moving and seeing new places.”
This is something that I think we all deal with from time to time. I know we sure have. We love our kids and grandkids, parents, and other family members, and we cherish our time with them, but we didn’t get into the fulltime RV lifestyle to sit still, we did it because we love traveling, seeing new places, and revisiting favorite places again. It’s always hard to balance one against the other.
We try to have quality time with our family members when we visit them, and there are always tears and regrets when it’s time to go on down the road. It never gets any easier, but we are comforted knowing that the road runs in both directions, and we will return again.
The same mobile lifestyle that sometimes takes us away from our family members also allows us to be with them when they need us. Several years ago, we were in Indiana when we received the news that Miss Terry’s father was facing surgery for cancer. We pointed the nose of our bus west, and were able to be in Arizona with her family until the crisis had passed, and her father was healthy again. We currently have dear friends who are off the road in Missouri, dealing with health issues with an aging parent. They called the other day to tell us that they were suffering with a bad case of hitch itch, but were glad they can be there when they are needed.
How about you? How do you handle the conflicted emotions between your love for your family and your love for travel?
On another topic, some of you who will be attending our Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally in Celina, Ohio in September have asked if we will have an RV tech on hand. Kevin and Marla Mallory, owners of Cruising America RV Service Company, which is located in Celina, will be vendors at the rally, and Kevin is an expert tech. You can contact Kevin by phone at (419) 852-0791, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-schedule work before, during, or after the rally, so he can block out time for you on his schedule.
We’re getting hitch itch, too. Our time here in the Pacific Northwest is drawing to a close. Terry hasn’t been feeling well the last few days, and we spent yesterday at home, getting some chores done around the motorhome in anticipation of our cross country trip back toward the Midwest, where we have doctor appointments to get out of the way, a new issue of the Gypsy Journal to get printed and mailed out, and family to see before we head to Celina for the rally.We’ve got about ten weeks before the rally, and while that sounds like a long time, it’s going to go fast!
I also managed to write another 5,000 words or so in the sequel to my Big Lake mystery novel, and Bad Nick posted a new Bad Nick Blog titled No Problem, We’ll Send Him Back. Check it out and leave a comment.
Thought For The Day – The real measure of our wealth is how much we’d be worth if we lost all our money.