Our life on the road begins

Our new life has started, and what an adventure we’ve got planned. The places we’ll go, the things we’ll see, the freedom to travel and go wherever we fancy.

What started as a bit of dream just six months ago passed its biggest milestone when we handed over our keys and drove away from our house on Sunday.

We’ve still got a few weeks before we really hit the road and start our adventure; we’ve got a couple of weeks around Cambridge while Carol finishes off at work, some family time and then skiing at the start of March, but after that, we’ll hit the open road, first stop Scotland.

We were given a beautiful cushion for Elton (our van) at Christmas. It had a line from a Dr Seuss book printed onto the cover “Oh, the places you’ll go” – We looked up the full story and loved it. It probably summarises what we’re expecting with the highs and inevitable occasional  lows of our journey, so we’ll close this short blog update with a couple of excerpts from that book by Dr Seuss.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
By Dr. Seuss 1990

Congratulations! 
Today is your day. 
You’re off to Great Places! 
You’re off and away!
 
You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself 
any direction you choose. 
You’re on your own. 
And you know what you know. 
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
 
You’ll look up and down streets. 
Look ‘em over with care. 
About some you will say, 
“I don’t choose to go there.” 
With your head full of brains 
and your shoes full of feet, 
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
 
And you may not find any 
you’ll want to go down. 
In that case, of course, 
you’ll head straight out of town. 
It’s opener there in the wide open air. 

Out there things can happen
and frequently do 
to people as brainy 
and footsy as you. 

And when things start to happen, 
don’t worry. Don’t stew. 
Just go right along. 
You’ll start happening too.
 
OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! 

...........
Except when you don’t. 
Because, sometimes, you won’t. 
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true 
that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. 
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. 
And your gang will fly on. 
You’ll be left in a Lurch.
 
You’ll come down from the Lurch 
with an unpleasant bump. 
And the chances are, then, 
that you’ll be in a Slump. 
And when you’re in a Slump, 
you’re not in for much fun. 
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. 

You will come to a place 
where the streets are not marked. 
Some windows are lighted. 
But mostly they’re darked.
 
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! 
Do you dare to stay out? 
Do you dare to go in? 
How much can you lose? 
How much can you win? 

.........

NO! 
That’s not for you! 
Somehow you’ll escape 
all that waiting and staying. 

You’ll find the bright places 
where the Boom Bands are playing. 
With banner flip-flapping, 
once more you’ll ride high! 
Ready for anything under the sky. 
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy! 

Oh, the places you’ll go! 
There is fun to be done! 
There are points to be scored. 
There are games to be won. 
And the magical things you can do with that ball 
will make you the winning-est winner of all. 

......

Dr Suess Copyright recognised and acknowledged

There’s more of this marvelous tale here :

http://www.ncra.org/files/mcms/f54dbcd1-4e78-47b1-916c-c73d66200335.pdf

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