I jokingly refer to my separations from Mary as “Banishment”. In reality when we first got together in 2008, that was part of the deal. She still has a home and four rentals that require her attention, so we knew that 3-4 times a year she would have to return home to attend to business.
She claims I’m a distraction (Who, Me?) whenever I’m at her home and “can’t get much done when you’re around”, So, she has requested I stay away so she can get things done. Hence my joke about being banished!
If you have not seen it, here’s our “business card” that we hand to people as we meet them on the road.
So, what do I do while in banishment?
Well, first of all,I try to stay in decent weather conditions. Then I try to take maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails RV Resort membership, so that I have maximum comfort during my banishment. That means security and utility-generated electricity.
Since I’ve traveled my usual Western route of Washington in the summer and the desert southwest in the winter for 16 years, I’ve seen most of the attractions.
So…here’s what I do…
I think a lot about what an interesting life I’ve had and lucky guy I am. All my life I’ve enjoyed wonderfully good health. At 70 years of age, I have never had any major illnesses or pain or surgery. I’m not on any kind of prescribed medications. I still have all of my own teeth and most of my hair. Can you put a price on that?
I think about my wonderful family and my many great friends and acquaintances.
I think about how lucky I am to have traveled so extensively in my life. 26 countries while in the U.S. Navy. I started RVing in 1962, retired at age 55 and have lived on the road full-time for the last 16 years. I’ve got a lot miles on my body and oh, the people I have met, the places I have seen and the experiences I had.
In addition, I…
* do my daily blog, do research and play spider solitaire on my computer,,
* go for walks,
*read (I’ve been an avid reader all of my life.) Why are a good book and an RV much alike? Both can take you to many wonderful places,
* visit friends and meet new people,
* chat with family and friends on my cell phone,
* visit with my fraternal brothers at the VFW, American Legion, Eagles and Moose,
* watch an occasional movie,
* get lots of rest and relaxation,
* listen to lots of great music on our XM satellite radio and six-channel surround-sound system,
* do routine maintenance and repairs to the motorhome and Bronco,
* miss greatly Mary’s wonderful meals.
Finally, I think about how lucky I am to have met my life-partner Mary. She is a delight and brings much laughter, joy and happiness to my life.
But as she and I have discussed…moderation is the key to a good life. So, in reality banishment is a good thing. It gives us time apart to think and reflect about our relationship and really appreciate the times we spend together.
Kind of brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it? 🙂
I’ll leave you with on of my favorite photos of Mary…
Did I tell you she brings lots of laughter into my life?
So, in banishment, I think and appreciate what a lucky guy I am!
All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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