I have been really blessed to have been raised with a strong sense of home. The older I get, the more people I meet, the more I realize that my family upbringing goes beyond the status quo. A lot of people have no sense of belonging to a family. A lot of people struggle with family chaos, feelings of abandonment, anger, bitterness, and distrust. A lot of people not only feel alone in the world, but they actually really are because they don’t have that strong support system of family behind them. I haven’t always known how lucky this makes me by comparison, but I have come to realize it fully during my fourth decade on earth and I appreciate it so very much.
For two years I wandered the United States with my ex-husband in a camper trailer going wherever the work took us. And if the opportunity to wander again ever came up I think I would take it up immediately. I loved seeing new towns and cities. I loved driving for days on the highways listening to music and looking at maps. I loved researching new destinations to find places to set up camp, places to eat, places to buy supplies. It was always so exciting to roll up in a new hometown and explore the shops and restaurants. We could pack up and be gone on to the next place in a half hour. Stop and be set up in a new spot just as quickly. I liked the simplicity of carrying everything that we owned around with us. I loved the freedom of not being burdened by “stuff”. Two years passed quickly. I could have continued that way for the rest of my life.
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Author: Kellie Underhill