After being on the road for a little over 10 months, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “Don’t you miss your family”? “I could never do that”! Each time I get the question, i do feel a pang of guilt. After all, I am an Italian- Catholic, and Tim is Irish -Catholic, and that”s one of the things we do very well – feel guilty.
We have two sons, who are both married, and three grandsons. We both have brothers and sisters. and large extended families. My Mom and Dad both had 8 brothers and sisters. Tim’s Mom and Dad had 8 and 9. The short answer is, “Yes, we miss them all very much”. If you want to hear the longer answer, please read on.
We love, love, love our children and grandchildren and families, as much as you love yours. But when you reach a certain age, you realize that the time you have left is shorter than the time you’ve spent on Earth. You know that with that short time, may come illness and injury, and other unforeseen incidents that shorten life, or the ability to enjoy it. Many of our friends had great plans for the future – sadly, none of them came to fruition.
We spoke with our sons, and discussed our dream of traveling the country with a little trailer and a truck. They were very excited for us, and said to go for it. Excitedly, we did just that. We are having the time of our lives, taking in all of the beauty and wonder that is offered. Do we miss them? Everyday! But at some point we’ll move on to the next episode of our lives . Before we do, we’ll stop to visit them, and spend quality time. Perhaps our grandsons will be old enough to join us for a journey. That would be inexplicably wonderful.
Our grandsons are little guys. They are busy with school, sports, music lessons, camp, birthday parties, and being with friends. I remember my parents taking me to visit both sets of grandparents every Sunday. I didn’t like it one bit! Do they miss us? I’m sure they do, at least in theory. We write, call, and FaceTime. Everyone gathers around the phone. It’s great. Not as great as a hug or kiss, but it will have to do for now.
But the future will be a little different. We’ll have stories to tell that never end. Stories that only have continuations. Hopefully, we’ll assist their parents in instilling a wanderlust in them. So that they too will want to go out and experience and appreciate all that this world offers.
We look forward to our first visit in October of this year – we are all very excited. Hugs and kisses for everyone!