I know I’m setting myself up for endless jokes about Grateful Dead bumper stickers and fur on the floor hippie vans, but I have always, always, always wanted a VW van. It’s probably only going to add to the misconception that I am a wild, flower-in-my-hair liberal hippie, but I don’t care. I am, in fact, a wild, flower-in-my-hair girl, but liberal I am not. Neither am I a hippie. But whatever.
The point is I’m really excited about this van. I rarely, if EVER, want things. I don’t have a list of things that I must have. For the most part, I really don’t like things—you know, stuff. Junk to clutter up my house and drawers. Things disguised as “conveniences” that really just take up space. Holidays stress me out to the max because I hate all the STUFF that comes with it. I would love to have a holiday that was about the tree, a fire, good food and hanging out. This is a concept that really tears some folks up—presents are apparently really important to some. But for me, the ultimate gift is time. Always has been.
Yet I have found myself coming back again and again to the VW van. I should add here that if I were not married to Rob, I still would not have the van because I just don’t buy things. It’s a major undertaking to purchase new underwear and socks, so a van would probably rank under “stuff that’s more trouble than it’s worth,” and that’s OK because that’s just who I am. But since I am married to Rob—the man who loves to buy things, especially things that require fuel—I am willing to accept this one purchase.
I hope we use it as much as I have long imagined we will. I like to travel and see things. So do the kids. I imagine us driving (no more than 60 mph, mind you) to different cool places across the US and stopping along riverbanks and at the foot of mountains and setting up camp beneath the stars in our groovin’ van—complete with awning and vinyl webbing lawn chair. (I am so buying a white and blue-green striped lawn chair with vinyl webbing that conforms to my butt and will eventually wear through. Heck, it might even come with one.)
I see sweaty, mud-caked runners coming in from a leg of a relay run or stopping in for refueling and rehydrating during a 12 or 24-hour endurance event. I see running crazy long trails across mountains and then coming back to a bed and heater and a cold beer in the camper. I see kids hanging out while Rob and I race, either on foot or bike. I see random, spontaneous trips to the great outdoors. That’s my fantasy anyway. It will be interesting to see if that’s what we actually do. Sometimes, obligations get in the way, but with this, I’m hoping we can say no to some of the “shoulds” and just take off on the open road.