2013. Here we go! One more year under our belts as Happily Homeless. Not for the faint of heart, folks. This life we’re leading can look pretty exotic from the outside, I fully realize that, but I’m owning up to the fact that it gets tiring at times, in spite of the hotel stays, and no job to have to go to. We’re living the words of America the Beautiful and yes, it does make for excitement. I think of all the cool stuff, and I’m torn. Keep traveling or settle down?
We’ve been from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This year we had, again, the joy of connecting with family throughout the country, renewing bonds that had grown lax over the years. We had the chance to see our grandson on his last day of school, and, right before we left Vermont, accompany him on his first day of 5th grade. In between we hiked mountains, rode the rides at country fairs, watched our grandson learn to sail on Lake Champlain, hosted sleep overs and swims in the hotel pool, painted our faces like butterflies, and made memories that will be in our hearts forever. We connected with family again-that was one of my favorite parts of this year!
Handsome Husband and I were proud to meet my dad in DC for his Honor Flight. We visited battlefields, forts and monumentsManassas, Saratoga, Ft Union,- and were hosted by our daughter’s in-laws. (I’ve had discussion with numerous people as to what exactly to call that relationship and the one I love best is that they, Sam and Angie, are, simply, part of our tribe. I like that. Except maybe I’ll say clan instead, seeing as I come from Scottish stock.) I pushed my boundaries on a zip line, accepting a double-dare from the friend who is so close to my heart as to really be my sister. (And we all know that it just isn’t done to refuse a double-dare!) Yep, I took a breath and jumped~But, dear readers, if I’m being honest here, there are moments, amidst all of this, where Handsome Husband and I think “Is it time to settle down?” Arizona has been steady ground under our feet for the past 3 months, and there is so much to do here, (hiking, belly dance, hooping, family dinners, the list is endless!) and so much that I’ve grown interested in, and so we do think sometimes, that maybe its time. There are so many things I want to do still-my idea of retirement and Handsome’s, are clearly two different things! It’s a twist in me: after having seen so many friends and family, I wonder, how much am I missing those permanent ties of staying in one place? And the next second I think, well, if we were to settle down, it wouldn’t be possible to see everyone as often as we do now, by traveling. A conundrum, that’s what it is! And, fortunately, one that doesn’t need an immediate decision.
So, in the meanwhile, we’re open to new travel and new opportunities as we step into this new year. What lies around the corner? Next month will see us headed towards California for a few months, a return to Arizona for the birth of our grand-baby, then New Mexico for a family wedding. East again. Its will be a full year, and then, of course, there’s always the unexpected that jumps into the middle of plan making of any sort. Life is open in front of us!
What do you think? Settle down? Continue traveling?