Little John’s blood-red blossom caught my eye this morning. Outside in the early hours after dawn, sitting in one of our super-comfortable lawn chairs with attached table and cup holder, I acted out the pleasures of living in the RV of our dreams. Coffee in one hand and my Kindle in the other, somehow my attention shifted from reading and drinking coffee to admiring our Little John’s red blaze. I put down the coffee and Kindle to grab my phone and take pictures. I’ll miss Little John’s March display once we really own and live in a motor home.
What other pleasures will we miss? Space, I suppose. We live in a four-bed, two bath home. Our game room contains our pool table, a couch and love seat, and a large-screen TV. One of the bedrooms is really our cozy office with computers, file cabinets, and other office-like stuff. The master bedroom and en suite provide additional area with seating and a TV. We have lots of places to spend our time and lots of opportunity for time alone if we so choose.
Why would we give up luxury to live a mobile lifestyle in a beautifully designed hallway? Did I say hallway? Enter the home at the cockpit, progress to the kitchen fully equipped with stove, convection oven, and residential-style refrigerator; then, continue to the living room. Take note that we are still within full view of one another. Further down the hallway there is a half-bath into which one may enter and lose sight of the other, a bedroom, and a full bathroom with a shower, two sinks, and a washer/dryer combo. Are you picturing this? It has all the amenities of a beautiful home compacted snugly into a hallway. Where does one go that the other is not there? Uh, to the bathroom or to bed? The bedroom has no furniture other than the bed. There is one other choice that will be the most useful to us, we believe. One may exit at the cockpit door and recline in a lawn chair on the patio or possibly in a screen room. Add this option, and there is ample opportunity for alone-time when desired.
Steve and I get along together just fine. We both need some alone-time. Everyone does. Yet, we believe we will be happy with our new lifestyle. We want to travel, visit our respective families, meet and make new friends, and see the country. All of Steve’s adult life he has spent tending large lawns and gardens. We are doing what most seniors finally do, downsizing, eliminating the labor and expense associated with a large home. We prefer to become RVers rather than choosing to settle in a smaller stick-and-brick home for the rest of our lives. We are mesmerized by a sense of adventure, a longing to be free and yet together. Really together, right? We can’t wait!