Wait...take me with you!!

I wanna be a gypsy too! Please, please!

I wanted to move when I was a kid. I hated the town I grew up in, hated the people in it for the most part, and hated that there wasn't a single thing to do in the whole stinkin' town...if you want to call it a town... I went to the same school all through elementary, junior high, and high school. It was boring. For fun, we just walked around town, went to the park, sat on the rock walls in front of the funeral home or the Methodist church. At high school age though, the sitting on rock walls changed to driving down gravel roads, parking in fields at midnight, drinkin', smokin' and jokin'. Those are actually good bring a smile to your face memories. Of course, there are some not so great memories too, but for the most part, we just ignore them. Finally, when I turned 18, I moved out. I didn't make it too far, but at least I was out of there. Now, 11 years later, I'm definitely not the same person I was then, but that town hasn't changed one tiny little bit. Oh, well a few things have changed over the years. A new mayor, the hosiery factory closed and moved to Mexico or Guatamala or some other place where they speak Spanish and only get paid $1 a hour, but for the most part....that's all that is different. I have to admit...it's kind of comforting. To be able to go back to where you came from and recognize things. I hated it then, but now... not so much.

However, that doesn't change the fact that I long to travel. I am supremely jealous of my bestest friend in the whole world who is jumping ship and going all the way to the sea. There are so many places I want to see and things I want to do. Now, first on the list is Savannah, Georgia. Seemed like a nice enough town before, but now I have a real reason to visit. And that is likely going to be the only place on my "Places to See" list that I actually get to. For some reason, I feel like Ireland, Italy, Greece, Istanbul, Japan, the Great Wall of China, Egypt, and Hawaii aren't really places I'm going to make it to any time soon. I've always wanted to take the yearly family vacation road trip to all of the country's National Parks. That too is seeming like a distant dream. Traveling of any sort right now is just too expensive for the average American family. Sticking close to home seems to be way to go these days. Especially now. We'd had hopes of going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina this year. Camping on the beach, seeing the beautiful lighthouses of Hatteras and Ocracoke, taking the kids to Kitty Hawk, telling them about Orville and Wilbur, but alas, nope. We are going to the old stand by. The lake at the state park. Don't misunderstand what I am saying here. I love going to the lake. I love camping there. But I really wanted to show my children the things I didn't get to see when I was young. Take them places, show them life. Damn OPEC and $4/gallon gas. Yea, that's right, damn you. Riding around on your camel. It's hot here...I bet it's a million degrees out there in that Middle Eastern desert. Ha! That's what makes me feel better. Except I know they aren't actually roasting in any desert. All the money they make from $150 barrels of oil insure that their A/C runs 24 hours a day.

..........but that's OK because I'm going camping next week. And I'm not going to think about it.

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