The other night as John and I were watching TV in our RV, I said to John, “I’m living my childhood dream by traveling across the Midwest”. He looked at me funny and asked me to explain. I said, “When I was a kid, we played outside with the other kids in the neighborhood and our favorite thing to do was play TRAVEL.
My two sisters, Ellen, Julie and me, would run down the street, gather our friends and then we’d all run back to our house to play TRAVEL. We’d pack our red wagon with old pots and pans, a linen sheet and other miscellaneous items and we’d travel the neighborhood pulling the wagon. Usually, we’d set up camp in one of our front yards, gather twigs for a make believe campfire, cook a meal, create a tent with the sheet, lay down for awhile and pretend to sleep and get up and do it all over again.
So why am I reminiscing about a childhood game? Because I’m fortunate to be playing TRAVEL with John in our 30 ft. RV for three months. I’m not sleeping on the ground or in a tent, in fact it’s a pretty luxurious way to play travel since I have a sink, stove, shower, bathroom and air conditioning. We’re having so much fun visiting/exploring states we’ve never been to before and we have found folks to be genuine and friendly.
Playing travel when I was young provided entertainment, burnt off some of our energy, and kept us out of my mother’s hair. My adult travel game with John does have a purpose, other than entertainment, and that is to promote my book and raise Huntington’s disease awareness. But who said it couldn’t be fun?
Therese is donating 100% of the proceeds from her book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world. In the U.S.-HDSA. You can purchase it at: http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com