I had a conversation last night with my good friend Brenda Speidel, who has spent the summer in Missouri, caring for her mother during a health crisis. While Brenda is emotionally and physically wrung out, she is also grateful that their mobile lifestyle as fulltime RVers has given her and hubby Ron the freedom to travel to Missouri to be there for her mom. If they were still in the old sticks and bricks lifestyle, it would have been all but impossible to do that.
This has always been one of the big advantages of the RV lifestyle, in my opinion. If I don’t like the neighbors or the neighborhood, I can leave. If I’m in a place like the East Coast, which is in the path of Hurricane Irene, I can be long gone before the first raindrops hit. If a friend or family member needs us, we can be there as fast as our wheels will roll. And being mobile allows us to go to the best health care available for our needs, instead of being stuck someplace and settling for second best because that’s what is available.
After Miss Terry’s cancer ordeal years ago, we fled cold and dreary Michigan and went to Florida for her first post-treatment examination. Terry had a bad experience with the Florida doctor, and determined that she needed to return to Traverse City for follow-up exams, so that’s what we did, and what we still do, eleven years later. Sure, there are good oncologists all over the country, but we have to be somewhere, so why not be in Michigan once a year for her exam? Traverse City is a beautiful area, we have family and friends there, and Terry is comfortable with her doctor there.
A few years ago, when Terry’s dad was diagnosed with cancer, we were at the Escapees campground in Livingston, Texas when we got word he was going to have surgery. We unplugged out utility hookups, fired up our diesel engine, and three days later we were in Mesa, Arizona so Terry could help her parents through her dad’s treatment and recovery. How many people have the ability to do that?
Right now, the news is full of stories about Hurricane Irene, and I had an e-mail exchange yesterday with a fellow who is in the area affected by the storm, wondering what he should do. RUN! Point the nose of your RV west and don’t stop until you are well clear of the whole area! Even if you don’t have any damage, the area may well have power outages, water quality problems, and other storm-related issues. Why deal with all of that if you don’t have to?
But it doesn’t have to be medical problems or bad weather that causes us to need to be someplace else. With so many families having kids and grandkids spread out from coast to coast, it is nice to have the ability to be there for special events, such as Terry’s son’s wedding, which we attended in Colorado last summer. We didn’t have to worry about booking airline reservations and hotel rooms, we just took our house with us and “moved” to Colorado for a week or so. There’s a lot to be said for leaving the crowd at the wedding reception and retreating home to your very own comfy bed at the end of the big day!
Yes, being mobile has benefits!
Thought For The Day – I thought about being born again, but my mother refused.