We are . . . in Enterprise, AL.

8/16/11

If You Wanna Be Free, Be Free

We close on a new house today. One without wheels.

I have a friend that describes tough situations to me as ‘I can’t swallow” and I know exactly what she means. It means…I have been traveling the country for the last three years in a 36’ RV with a feeling of freedom, choice and individuality and I just bought a house in suburbia.

“Freedom” like you are different and you don’t have to apologize for or justify that because you have already defined yourself when you drove up in your house. It’s a good feeling.

“Choice” like embracing the fact that this lifestyle was a choice and therefore understanding that most everything in my life is a choice. What freedom .

“Individuality” like this works for me and my family and we can make it our own. We have the freedom to make the choice to be us. Our way.

This adventure wasn’t really about ‘where am I going to fit my clothes’ or ‘how can I take a shower with six gallons of hot water’ or ‘how do I find privacy’. It’s about cooking dinner while our son is right there (like RIGHT there) hanging out and sharing with us. It’s about finding creative places in an RV to “hide” when Daddy comes home so we can jump out and surprise him (this is usually under a blanket while rolled into a ball in the center of the bed). It’s about every night, no exception, sitting together at the dinette (not to be confused with a normal size dinner table), holding hands and thanking God for our life…and meaning it. We can only hope these things remain important in our life, even in suburbia.

We learned on this journey that no matter how dark or scary it may seem outside, it is always warm and cozy inside and comfort is only a few steps away (about eight if you are on the other side of the house). We learned that you can find solitude even though you are right beside someone, you can get irritated because you are right beside someone and sometimes there are funny smells from the person right beside you. We learned that people are people, a place is what you make of it, wherever you go there you are, and America is beautiful. The most important thing we learned was you gotta do what works for you and then you will be happy. That’s freedom. This is the kind of growth that makes us better people. Better parents.

The journey was about family and togetherness from the very beginning. It became about laughs, adventures and personal journeys.

May you each enjoy your journey to find your freedom. Your happiness. Your way. Safe travels.


Inspiration and credits go to:

1. God
2. Dr. Suess "Oh the Places You'll Go"
3. Cat Stevens "If You Wanna Sing Out, Sing Out "

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
'Cause there's a million things to be
You know that there are

And if you want to live high, live high
And if you want to live low, live low
'Cause there's a million ways to go
You know that there are

You can do what you want
The opportunity's on
And if you can find a new way
You can do it today
You can make it all true
And you can make it undo
you see ah ah ah
its easy ah ah ah
You only need to know

Well if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
'Cause there's a million ways to go
You know that there are

And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
'Cause there's a million things to do
You know that there are

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
'Cause there's a million things to be
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are

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