i gave them the brief tour of the van and parking spot, and i think they could appreciate the efforts i've made. it's not a glamourous life, but it works! it feels so good to be around them, so familiar, yet special because of it's rarity. i know that there's some balance i need to find between seeing my family and being out adventuring. right now i feel the pull to spend more time with them, i miss my brothers really bad too. so, i'm going to feed my need for those connections more often than i have been in recent years. then, once we're good and tired of each other, i'll go off again:)
i often wonder if they'll ever leave pennsylvania, i doubt it. their roots are deep, but i'd love the chance to spend some time with them elsewhere. they are so mired in work and the dynasty they've built in that little town, i sometimes feel hopeless about it ever happening, but they are here now and that's a step. and maybe someday i'll change my mind about where i grew up and move back, but the thought still depresses me.
i will attempt to impress them with my mobile lifestyle and perhaps they'll sell a house and buy an RV like so many other 60 somethings. it could happen i guess.