We have been diligently researching and carefully planning this trip for quite some time now. After all, Brian and I aren’t totally green when it comes to living on the road. We spent the better part of one year traveling cross-country in a beat up old van when we were in our twenties. Back in the olden days as the kids would say………no internet, no cellphone, no GPS. I must admit, that times were a little trying, not knowing how far a tank of gas was going to take us and eating peanut butter sandwiches EVERY day. But, the memories of all of the breathtaking sights, the historical landmarks, and the colorful characters encountered along the way, definitely overshadow any of those not so glorious 10 days without a shower memories.
We both realize the magnitude of this mutual and well thought out decision. I must admit, that when I first conceived this idea a few years ago, I immediately wanted to act upon it. It is safe to say that I am the one in this marriage who tends to possess that impulsive disposition. You know, jump right in feet first. Brian, on the other hand is very cautious and rational. We balance each other well. He is the Yin to my Yang. So, it was not until a couple of years later after reading a very profound narrative written by Neil Peart, that a sudden epiphany came over him. I’ll never forget that moment in the kitchen when he came to me, looked me in the eyes and said “I’m ready”. We have been met with all kinds of comments and opinions……. invited and uninvited. We understand the concern for our kids. What we don’t understand is why people believe that our parenting skills will change once we become mobile. We actually had someone very close to us tell us that we would do our kids an injustice by not providing them with a solid base, continuity, a continuing education and a chance to make and keep friends. Let’s see…our solid base will have wheels, our backyard will be continuously changing, their education will be hands on and their friends will be diversified. While we may not be conforming to conventional social and educational standards, our children will not be deprived whatsoever of their needs and security in these areas. We are simply enhancing the ways in which they attain them. For the most part, people have been supportive of our decision, especially those who truly know us. We dance to the rhythm of our own music, we enjoy our own company and we aren’t afraid to be different. This is our passion. This is our life.