Do Homeless People Enjoy Holidays?

Some do.  I did, this time around.

I’ve been house-sitting so I have a warm safe place AND privacy.  My daughter is visiting from college.  We have plenty of food, thanks to a generous relative who sent me a Thanksgiving holiday check.  I’m sitting by the backyard pool and it’s currently 85 degrees Fahrenheit out here!  I really don’t deserve all this but God is so kind to me.  Thank you God!

I told my younger daughter (the one that is here now) about my living situation.  As I suspected, she suspected all along.  My van looks rather lived in.

I’m going to work on that this weekend.  My sleeping bag is very warm so I think I will just keep one extra blanket/comforter just in case it gets super cold and put the other two back in storage.  I’m going to try (I think) keeping most of my clothes in the storage unit, maybe just keeping one or two changes of clothes in the van.  I feel a little nervous about this setup, for some reason.  I don’t know if going to the storage place every two days is a good idea.  I feel like the wrong person will catch on to the fact that I’m living in my van and that could be dangerous.  Hopefully, no one really gives a darn.  I’m also kind of lazy I guess.  I don’t feel like going to the storage space every two days.

Getting back to my daughter…I had been kind of prepping her for a while for the news of where I’m living.  I had told her about a couple of times I had stayed overnight in my van on my way back from visiting her.  I had joked about us living in the van together.

She’s a funny and wonderful young woman.  Even though I raised her in a rather affluent neighborhood, she IS her mother’s daughter and isn’t very fond of material things.  She is okay with my van living.  I think this is a good thing.  I don’t believe the United States economy is going to get better anytime soon and although I don’t really care for the idea of either of my daughters living in their vans or cars, I think it’s good for them to see that there are ways to survive and even enjoy life when things get tough financially.  On the other hand, I don’t necessarily want my daughters to completely drop out of life like their mother has.

On a financial level, I think the best thing for most young people to do is work within the system (if they can stomach it) to make as much money as they can while they are young and SAVE and invest as much as they can.  And by investments I mean land, survival gear and other items that will help them through a prolonged depression.

Ah, another long meandering post.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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