Thursday, April 14, 2011

Living Out of Suitcases – Day #12 from the A-Z Challenge

Nolan riding his bike in the street under Daddy's supervision.
My mother might refer to me as a vagabond. And she may be partially right. I've never really felt "at home" anywhere I've lived.

But I prefer to think of myself as a free spirit, albeit a restless free spirit. I have written about my "flitting around" lifestyle even before I was living out of a suitcase, in a poem called, Gypsy Spirit - Bohemian Heart.

My restless spirit won't let me stay in one place for very long, and I've moved so many times over the course of my life that my mother has had to start new pages in her address book just to include me.

Spending time with relatives and friends means overnight trips for me, because almost everybody I love lives too far away from me. I can't see well enough to drive at night, so I have to be home before dusk. As a result, if I want to spend more than just a couple of hours with family and friends, I have to spend the night – and I love it.

Every time my son and his wife have called me out to San Diego or Quantico or wherever they are living, and every time relatives and friends have invited me to their homes, I drop everything I'm doing so that I can spend time with them (as long as they don't own cats or dogs {allergic}).

Today I leave a suitcase packed in my room at all times because I travel back and forth from Urbana to Bourbonnais every week, first to watch Audrey and Nolan in Urbana, then to watch Taylor, Kaden, and Zac in Bourbonnais.

People ask me, "How do you do that every week?" And I think to myself, how can I not? It appeals to my gypsy spirit, my bohemian heart, and my vagabond lifestyle.

Side Story: While I was packing my suitcase yesterday Audrey asked me if she and Nolan could ride their bikes in the street. Mommy and Daddy stand in the street with them and watch them ride their bikes, but Mommy and Daddy weren't home, and I'm not at all comfortable with them playing in the street with or without adults present, so I told her that no, they couldn't.

She kept insisting, but I really didn't have time. I was packing for my trip, washing my bedding, and trying to set up a DVR on my bedroom television set.

"P-L-E-A-S-E," Audrey insisted.

"Audrey, I really don't have time. I have to pack, I'm doing laundry, and Audrey, to be honest, I'm not at all comfortable with you and Nolan playing in the street."

Immediately Audrey offered some help, "I can get you a blanket."

And that completes Day #12 from the A-Z Challenge. Brought to you by the letter, l.

Previous A-Z Challenge blogs:

Amazon Hates Me – Day #1 from the A-Z Challenge

Bored – Why? – Day #2 from the A-Z Challenge

Craziness – Day #3 from the A-Z Challenge

When Your Daughter Develops, DON'T DO THIS! – Day #4 from the A-Z Challenge

Ellen – Day #5 from the A-Z Challenge

Family and Friends – Day #6 from the A-Z Challenge

The Grownup Table – Day #7 from the A-Z Challenge

Happiness & Joy – Day #8 from the A-Z Challenge

Idiots in the Attic – Day #9 from the A-Z Challenge

Jokes Accidentally – Day #10 from the A-Z Challenge

The Kid That Wasn't Named Ker – Day #11 from the A-Z Challenge


  1. I love to travel, but like quiet travel. In other words, I like packing and seeing new places, as long as there are not a lot of people around. That, to me, is an adventure!

  2. I've been somewhat of a gypsy, moving around a lot. I recently put down roots but still love to go on trips. Have suitcase, will travel!

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  3. I still feel like I live out of suitcases and boxes. I've never felt completely settled anywhere.

  4. I think it's pretty cool that you keep a packed bag at all times! So with the offer of a blanket, did you cave in, and let her play outside? :)