The Old Soul, the Inspector and me – I say a little prayer

I Say a Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick

“The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you, while combing my hair now, and wondering what dress to wear now. I say a little prayer for you”.

Some days you just must get down on your knees and pray. That’s how this week has been and I need some advice. How do you make life peaceful again when you have so much turmoil going on?

To many emotions all at once. Al has children and so do I. They must be dealt with separately as well as differently. The mother in me would like to spank some of them and put them to bed but they are grown and I’d have trouble getting any of them to “lay across my knee”.

Then we have this Old Soul (Motorhome), she is our child. We have changed her, fed her and listened to her temper tantrums but I love her. She has shown me adventures and places I have loved exploring with her.

But this week …

The Old Soul has really “showed out”. She wants new shoes (brakes) and everything thing that goes with them. Oh yeah, shocks too, she really is a Diva. The shame is that because she insists, we must give in and get them for her. Not a good move if I’m dealing with a spoiled child but since this child moves us from one adventure to the next, we will give in and spend a small fortune on her.

I must admit that we went looking at a replacement for the Old Soul. In the end, I will stick by her, give her the things she needs and baby her. I don’t think she has a clue how close she came to having a new home but I’m not willing to start over.

I think back to the day we found the Old Soul and decided that she was for us. How excited I was too be finally going “Full Time” in an RV and to have something that belonged to the two of us. Something that didn’t have memories, only the memories that we create along the way. This was our new beginning!

We had both been married before we became the two of us. We both lost our spouses and dared not to try again. We both have an idea what makes us happy, a chance to do things different. We both married right out of high school and lived our lives as it came about. There are the “habits” ways of doing things that we don’t always agree on but we keep going and working on them. That was my big deciding factor in purchasing the “Old Soul”. A place to live and explore and be “us” without any memories from past lives.

Now that Al has been through an RV Inspector training class (twice actually – a level two inspector), we travel around the countryside doing RV inspections.

I must admit we could have made a better decision in buying the Old Soul, only if we had known then what we do now. This week we did another inspection for a soon to be “Newbie”. As we go through and talk about the different things in the RV, you can see the “deer in the headlights” look on their faces. That moment when you realize that, along with the adventure of RV traveling, you must know something about this house on wheels and how they operate.

Of course, I had that look at one time, we all did. I remember that look the first-time Al tried to tell me about the “workings” of the motorhome. Suddenly it isn’t just an adventure. It’s not an escape from the past. It has so many working components and now that I know the workings of the Old Soul, I don’t want to trade her in for a newer model RV. I want to carry on with my adventure because this was my new beginning and I know it will cost money to keep the Old Soul going but I’m not ready for another new beginning.

“I say a little prayer for you, forever and ever you’ll stay in my heart and I will love you forever and ever, we never will part. Oh, how I’ll love you……”

On to the next adventure.

Laura