We’ve seen a lot of subscribers come and go in our sixteen years of publishing the Gypsy Journal, and we’ve seen a lot of fulltimers hit the road and later hang up the keys. Some try it for a few months and decide it’s not for them, others travel for a few years and settle down someplace, and for others the lifestyle is great but some event forces them to make a change.
We’ve known people who stopped fulltiming because of the death of a husband or wife, their own health issues, or because aging parents needed constant care. Financial issues have caused some to settle down and often go back to work. Another reason that we’ve heard more than you might think is because somebody (usually the wife) misses the grandkids and can’t handle being away from them for long periods of time. Or, and we heard this more than once, they are getting off the road to care for grandchildren because for whatever reason their parents cannot or will not.
But this week I heard from somebody who told me she guaranteed me I had never heard of the reason she and her husband were getting off the road. And when I tell you, some of you are going to shake your head and swear that Nick is telling tall tales, but it’s true (because you can’t make this stuff up). They’re getting off the road because her husband misses his ex-wife.
Yep, I needed an explanation for that, too. It seems that hubby and his first wife were friends from the time they were in grade school, got married after high school, and after a couple of years (and no kids) decided that marriage wasn’t working for them so they got divorced but have remained best friends ever since. The current wife said she knew that going in, and she and her husband have been married over fifteen years and she accepted the fact that they were very close, loved each other platonically, and were indeed best friends. She said they had lunch together at least once or twice a week and it was never a problem. But since they’ve been fulltiming, her husband misses those visits and having his best buddy there. So, to put him out of his misery, they’ve decided to park the motorhome and get off the road.
Now, I’m not passing any judgments, whatever works for you is not my business. But I think if I was in that situation Miss Terry would definitely be happy to put me out of my misery, if you know what I mean.
We got the new issue of the Gypsy Journal in the mail yesterday, and I’m sure glad that’s over with. Now we get to play. I like playing!
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? We have a great prize for you this time around! Marianne Edwards from Boondockers Welcome is donating a 3-year membership for this week’s lucky winner. That can save you a ton of money in your RV travels! To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.