Once upon a time when our family was young, we bought a movie camera. From then on, except for the occasional grabbing it away from me, I saw everything we did through a movie lens. That didn’t stop, even as we went into using slides or regular film (way, way, way before digital), I saw it all through a tiny glass lens.
I lived in an apartment after I sold my house, thinking that would be my way of life. Think again! However, it was a step that I didn’t know I had to take. Moving from our acre of heaven in the country, forced me to downsize. If it didn’t go to my kids, it went to neighbors, friends, garage sales, and an auction. After making the decision to go on the road and live full time in an RV, I downsized again. Among the things I couldn’t downsize and felt I needed to take with me was a huge Wal-mart container full of movies and slides. They traveled all over North America with me for the next 20 years. Then I stored them in my AZ shed for a few years.
I was tired of shoving the carton around. I asked both daughters if they wanted to take them and have them made into a DVD, otherwise they were going to the dump. I’m not sure either one of them wanted to take on the job but my youngest, Tracey, finally said she would. She sliced, diced, and spliced thousands of feet of movie film, then had it all made into a DVD and sent us each a copy.
The hour that it took to watch, was one of laughter, tears, and memories. It was filled with faces long gone, occasions long forgotten, and a tall, handsome bearded man we all still miss. It included family camping trips, RVing trips, extended family gatherings, neighbor/family camping, Girl Scout activities and trips via Bessie Bus, snow days shared with neighbors, and generally, just a fun DVD to watch. Right after Tracey had finished the splicing and sent it on, she told me, “Mom, we had a wonderful life!” I had to agree with her. We were very fortunate and I think after watching that, it makes us even more aware of how much fun we had together as a family.
I hope you have good memories, too. God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered at most Internet book sites. A print edition may be obtained from Amazon, or you can order an autographed copy from the author at Box 1040, Congress, AZ for $7.95 plus $3.50 for postage and handling. 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.”