The February issue of RV Life just came out. My column, Silver, Single, and Solo, doesn’t have a happy subject. It is about the death of a mate and all the preparing for it that needs to be done ahead of time. With RVers on the road either all of the time or for extended amounts of time, the possible death of a mate needs to be addressed well in advance.
It is important that mates learn each other’s jobs. That includes paperwork of another kind. Do you both know how to write checks and can you balance the bank book? Do you know how much money you have and where it is? You might be surprised how often either the husband or wife is clueless.
I also push, once again, for women to learn how to drive those big rigs (or small), know how to disconnect and hook up, empty and fill, and anything that is required to move to another spot or exist until you can move. Way too many women do not know how to do this. In an emergency, what would you do, especially if you were in an out-of-the-way area where you might not attract attention to give help? Why do I stress that women learn these things? Because you are more than likely to be the one left behind and you will need to deal with it.
That doesn’t leave you guys without anything to do. Do you know how to cook, clean, do laundry, or other paperwork? I have seen just as many men clueless in the kitchen. That probably would not be an emergency but nonetheless, I’ve heard more than one man say, I really liked the way my wife did that but I don”t know how she did it.
And, before you jump all over me, I know there are some lucky women whose husbands do all of these things once they are retired and wives are grateful. At any rate, just a little food for thought. God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Sharlene Minshall is now available at most Internet book sites and the fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
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.”