Last night my niece, who lives far away (Atlanta) and who I rarely see, had a beautiful baby boy.
He is huge … 9 pounds 6 ounces!
(Big, adorable, chubby cheeks!!)
It made me want to cry happy tears and sad tears at the same time.
I’m so happy for her.
I was also so happy to see the photos my brother sent me.
(I said all those “old people” sayings like, “I remember when my niece was a brand new baby!”)
At the same time, I feel sad my family is so spread out and so rarely together.
I know some families still have family members living in close proximity to each other.
My family is spread out all over the entire country.
Most of us are really terrible communicators too and don’t stay in touch very well.
I’ve had off and on plans to go see my brother for the last two years and *something* always seems to interfere.
(It’s often been yet another car-accident-related surgery.)
The arrival of a new baby makes me determined, once again, to do a tour of the United States in order to visit with all my long lost relatives.
I’m so tempted to buy a vintage 1960’s VW van and travel the country taking photos.
I could sleep in the van and drive from destination to destination.
Between family members, blogging friends, and/or photography friends –
I bet I’d have a great time visiting people and seeing the country.
You think I’m joking, don’t you?
I’m actually thinking quite seriously about it.
I’ve had this idea for a few years now, but it’s moving into the forefront now.
Would an old van really do the trick?
Or would it break down all the time and be a pain in the ass?
If I left at the end of August, how many places could I get to if I want to be back by Thanksgiving or Christmas?
How much money would I need?
How could I keep myself, and my gear, safe on an extended live-out-of-the-van trip?
I think it’s time to start looking into the details.
Maybe I’ll find the idea unmanageable.
Maybe I’ll finally stop thinking about it, and really plan the trip.