Ah, the merry month of May brings Mother’s Day, an appropriate time to talk about “Offspring.” Did I ever tell you what I heard about why we have children? Children are God’s way of creating parents and grandparents. I believe that but did you also know that children (& RVs) come programmed to have all emergencies in the night, on a weekend, or during your busiest time of the year? The Parents Manual (Page 482) specifically states that all parents are required to be constantly on their toes (that must be where hammertoes come from).
It is amazing how fast life as you know it can be put on hold, rescheduled, or cancelled when kids swallow something besides edible food, sled down hillsides growing major trees that splinter arms, or totally destroy cars on icy roads. A reality check makes you realize very suddenly that nothing matters quite so much as making their world (and yours) right again.
RVers are family oriented people and one of their greatest fears (According to past seminar students) when going into the full-time RVing lifestyle, is losing that “connection” with the kids, grandkids, and life as they have known it. They RV or fly home for the holidays and spend summers in Grandchildren Territory.
Picture this…high school game, anywhere USA…they come rushing on to the field in wild enthusiasm while the announcer gives the name, height and poundage of each player. Energy and enthusiasm prevails. Family and friends huddle against the chilling autumn night. Touchdowns and soccer goals were a rarity for me to see but I was present for a few gym and band scenes. WHAM; WHAM…“Focus girls.” “Be the ball.” And in the moonlight and floodlights, the Pep Band played on…in triumph. In the stands: “That’s my daughter (granddaughter); that’s my son (grandson),” spoken with greatly expanded PCP (puffed chest pride). Another parent or grandparent points to another boy or girl, “He (or she) is mine.”
You may relate to this. I recently found notes I had written to my then baby grandson (he graduates high school this year!) that would have related to my granddaughter and daughters as well, “Did you know that I cry for a couple of hundred miles when I leave you. You will go on with your life and I with mine and that is as it should be, but for this moment in time, I miss you almost more than my heart can stand.” Come to think of it, nothing has changed. We live way too many hugs apart. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”