How does one leave their kids?
I have NO idea.
I had become so engrossed with the idea of traveling that I honestly, at first, didn’t even think about the kids. After all, our 4 children were grown and have lives of their own. They are busy with work and activities that we didn’t see them often, so naturally, they were not on the forefront of my mind.
That was until the plan started to become much more real and the idea of not seeing our grandkids became a reality. Don’t get me wrong. We LOVE our children, but we absolutely ADORE our grandchildren. Leaving our children was hard – but leaving our grandchildren was heart-wrenching.
I can’t even tell you how many times, mentally, I backed-out of our plans.
And then, I realized, the number of people who put off their plans, for one reason or another, and it then became a distant dream.
Life can be too short. I do NOT want to be left with the “what if” syndrome.
The 21st century has afforded us the opportunity to stay connected!!! Our electronically advanced society puts us in the same room as others. Hell, our grandchildren will have a better grasp on technology than we will.
Watching all the YouTube videos, reading everyone’s blogs – I knew we HAD to do this!!
So, we started tapping into this wonderful technology. Video chatting!!!! We decided to try this out with our middle grandchild, Braxton. What a hoot! He is certainly use to technology – his mother is on it all the time – constantly putting the camera in his face (love you honey). Now, he wasn’t even 2 yet, so bear in mind his attention span was probably 5 seconds – but it was PERFECT! It was the affirmation I needed to confirm what we wanted to do is okay. Not that we needed “permission,” just acceptance that we can be away and still see them – watch them grow!!!
So, how does one leave their children?
By simply getting in the RV and drive.
And when you miss them, you call them. Video chat them. Scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat. Look at their faces and SMILE.
We are doing what many others only dream of doing – we are living life and exploring our beautiful country. One state at a time.