Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


I sometimes get in trouble when I start “pondering” things.

Today, however, seems to be a good time to write down a few of my thoughts about holidays and the full-time RV lifestyle.

Back in the “old days” it seemed that the entire family was often at our home for a holiday celebration.

The smell of dinner being prepared was wonderful. Then came that awesome feast where we always ate too much. The meal itself was made even better by the constant chatter and laughter of family as the good natured ribbing and banter went back and forth.

The conversation got more quiet and usually came from the kitchen as the gals cleaned up the chaos left after the wonderful meal.

The guys, on the other hand, were easy to find because we were lounging in easy chairs watching a football game on TV.

More often than not, most of us had our eyes closed and dozed off for awhile.

Later in the day, we returned to the left-over’s and ate again. More lively conversation and laughter accompanied this meal. Much of the conversation was centered around the fact that none of us could believe that we were hungry again.

Those are some of the memories I have.

Not all holidays were spent at our home. One of the most memorable Christmas holidays was spent with my sister, Pat and our Bro-in-law, Steve, at their home outside of Washington, DC.

We had a wonderful time with them and those warm memories will stay with us forever.

That same Christmas was made even better by sharing it at the home of my brother, Bill, and our Sister-in-law, Judy, and their entire family. Wonderful memories!

Now, with our lifestyle, and the fact that our family lives so far away, in a colder winter climate, we are not close to family on holidays.

That is when we spend time with our RV family.

The meals, laughter, and lively conversation is like it always was, but we miss the faces and the company of family.

No doubt about it, being away from family is the most difficult part of this lifestyle. It is a reality however, and one of the things we wish could be different.

We wish our daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren lived in the southern part of the USA, because we would spend a lot more time close to them.

Why is it that nearly all of the holidays are in the winter?

Hmmmm……….. Another thing to ponder!

We love our lifestyle and have no plans to change it for as long as we are able to do this.

But we do love and miss the family when we are apart.

Now, as for today, we have both had our showers and will soon get ready for Thanksgiving dinner with other RV’ers.

Turkey, Ham, Dressing, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Salads galore, Vegetables, and a variety of Pies and Cakes for dessert.

Football on TV this afternoon and a nap await.

We are blessed indeed and Thankful because…..Life is Good!



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