We Lost Mom this Week

It is profound sadness that I write this.  On Monday, November 29, 2010 my mother passed away.  She was suffering from an age related condition and we will miss her greatly.  It came unexpectedly.  The loss is devastating to me and I have cried off and on for days.

Now that the shock is over, I know which way my life will unfold with respect to vandwelling.  I will miss Mom forever and will always have her picture in my vehicle after I become a vandweller.  She is alive in my mind and my dreams.  She gave birth to me and on her departure, gave me inspiration to experience more travels.  I believe she shared my desire for travel.

Make no mistake – I miss Mom and would give anything to have her back. It is not meant to be.

As my life’s path is becoming clearer, I wish to start to purchase things I will need when I hit the road… These things include:  a generator, AGM batteries, possibly solar panels, battery charger, an inverter, etc.  I can accumulate these items and store them until needed.  I spoke with Mom a few months ago and I believe she supported me in this nomadic desire and would be proud of me and my desire to wander.

This week has been profoundly sad but at the same time has given me hope for the future.  I will always love my Mom for bringing me into the world, enriching my life, and teaching me to follow my dreams.  I miss her greatly and hope that I make her proud.

Rest in peace Mom.  I have loved you all my life and always will.

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

One Response to We Lost Mom this Week

  1. Oh Brad, I’m so sorry for you loss. I didn’t have a Mom like your’s but I had a Grandma like that. Back when my boys and I had a restored 1957 schooly… when my Grandma first saw it and climbed inside and learned that we were off to live in Colorado… she just beemed with joy and said “I wish I was going with you!” Oh boy, that would have been great. But I had never seen her as an adventurer… she was always a homebody… making all our lives better. I do, in fact, believe I OWE her my life, as she gave me hope about the future at time when my mother made me feel suicidal. I envy you. I can only hope that one day, my 2 sons might feel about me the way you feel about your dear Mom. I’m sorry for your loss.