Where is home for you?
As I write this we are staying a few days in a city park in Deer Park, WA. (A lot of small towns provide free or $5 a day RV parking, some with services.) We lived in Deer Park for six years before becoming full-time RVers. By the time you read this we will have moved to our son’s place outside Springdale for the rest of the summer.
For me, Deer Park and Springdale feel like home. We stayed in Austin last winter. I spent 41 years in Austin, but after being away a decade it no longer feels like home. Then again, after spending a few weeks with friends in Austin, it did feel like home. I can say the same for Richmond, VA where we parked for a week and spent a lot of time with good friends we’d not seen in far too long. Beyond that, the RV feels like home. I sometimes wake up and have to think to know where my home is currently located, but it’s still my home. It’s familiar and all my stuff is here.
Years ago, long before we started the RV madness, I said to a group of people home is wherever Lori is. I meant it then and now it’s even truer. For me, home is primarily about friends and fellowship. I think I could feel at home anywhere, living in almost anything, so long as I felt I belonged to a community of people in that place.
Lori has different feelings about what is and what isn’t home. Sometimes she feels she doesn’t have a home, other times the people we know and love make it feel like home no matter where we are. Some of her feelings about home come from her childhood, but there’s also the fact she’s a different person than her crazy husband.
What about you? What makes you feel like you’re at home? Do you feel at home where you are now? If not, why not? What would make you feel more at home? Feeling at home is important to our mental health, and as such is important for our marriage. Maybe you need to have a home discussion with hubby.
~ Paul – I’m XY, and there’s no place like home – no matter where we park it!
Help Us Retire
No, we’re not stopping. We lost some tires this year. The trailer tires still had good tread depth, but at six years they were at their end-of-life. As soon as it got hot we started losing them – two tread separations and one blowout. We now have new tires on all four trailer wheels and a spare we trust to get us to the next town. We’ll also need four of the six truck tires replaced – we’ve driven them down to the edge of safety. Mounted we’re looking at roughly $200 a tire, for eight tires total.
If you can help, click here for ways to give to this need. We’ll show progress with a tire that starts out red and becomes black to show the percent raised. THANKS!