The Real "It" in "Home Is Where You Park It"
Coleen, your RVing editor
(One Way to Tell if Full-Time RVing May be Right for You)
You've heard that phrase, "Home is where you park it." Until recently, I thought that referred to the recreational vehicle and where the RV was parked. It made sense, because when I'm in my RV, I feel at home. It doesn't matter if it's here in Alaska where we are legally domiciled or if it is while traveling in Florida, Texas, Wyoming, or elsewhere.
I now believe the real "it" in that phrase is my behind.
Bob and I needed to be in Anchorage for much of the week, sans RV. We'd be out doing our business for a while, and then return to the motel. Each time, Bob asked if we had any more stops to make or what I wanted to do next. By the end of the week, I realized my rely was always along the line of, "I'm ready to go home." And, I was referring to the motel room.
I am "at home" wherever I am parked. More accurately, I am "at home" wherever Bob and I are parked. This could be one of the main reasons RVing works out so well for us. "Home" is where we are living our life together. It isn't about the house, whether RV or traditional sticks 'n bricks.
Prospective RVers talk about being anxious and scared of the many changes going full-time RVing will mean for them. I never "got it" before. I think this experience helped me to understand. Some folks think of "home" as a building. Some think of "home" as a geographical community, their "home town." But for me, home is my respite, the place where I am nurtured. That difference in thinking is huge.
Every once in a while, there are quizzes that make the rounds that are supposed to determine if you will like full-time RVing or not. I always fail those tests. Always. Miserably. Big time. Yet, I love full-time RVing. The reason is that they address superficial things such as whether or not you are mechanical.
The questions should be about your thoughts of "home." If "home" for you is tied to a building or a community, then there's a good chance you won't like full-time RVing. However, if "home" is that place where you relax and recharge, where you let down your guard and feel safe and loved, then I expect that you would adapt very well to the full-time RVing lifestyle.
Yes, home is where you park it.