Its freezing on the bus this morning. I shivered most of the night. We have two space heaters working nonstop that are take the edge off – but it’s not enough to warm it completely. Because, well… basically we are in a tin can. I have no idea what the temperature is outdoors but I’m guessing it’s in the low 30s. Normally I would check the app on my phone, but we don’t have service here.
The boys are still asleep in their bunks. Jake and I and Miss B are snuggled in our communal bed. Jake is rereading Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. Have you read it? You should. Here’s what it says on the back cover: “ ‘Alas, Babylon.’ Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.”
It’s a fantastic book that gives way to many thought provoking questions. Which has led us to several conversations about building a cabin somewhere off the grid and living a subsistence lifestyle, at least for a while. Maybe we’ll try it in another year or two. After we bike the Pacific Coast.
Reading has become a large part of our lives here on the bus. It’s amazing what a vacuum creates. We are without television, Internet, or phone service. The result? Reading… lots of reading. We haven’t sought out libraries yet – we haven’t needed to. We brought our own little library of classic books. These include our favorite books that can be read again and again and we can learn something new each time.
Sam is reading Little House on the Prairie. Josh is reading Mathematicians are People Too. Jacob is reading both The Prague Winter and Achieving Your Life Mission. Miss B is reading Curious George – or at least looking at the pictures. I’m reading The Home Ranch as well as Ezra Taft Benson’s The Proper Role of Government (I HIGHLY recommend this book!). Jake is also reading Ender’s Game aloud to us.
It’s a family classic and one of Jake’s all time favorite books. Jacob’s too. I think they’ve each read it at least a dozen times. Josh discovered it last year and joined the fan club. The excitement about the upcoming movie is palpable. The countdown has been on for months.
Last night the boys’ headlamps were on late into the night, which explains why they are still sleeping this morning. According to my calculations, Miss B should still be sleeping too, but she isn’t. She played like a wild child yesterday!
After we carved pumpkins, we had friends over last night for a campfire. Both Sam and Miss B were in heaven. The kids ran constantly for several hours. They played tag and hide and seek and they explored. Occasionally they would come back to the fire long enough to roast a hot dog or devour a Woofum, but other than that – they were simply voices hollering in the distance.
I love the camaraderie of sitting around a campfire as the sun sets and the fire roars. We all gathered closer as conversation flowed and we sought heat from the fire. Then all too soon it was time to say goodbye.
Goodbyes are part of our story here on the bus. I prefer to think of all the hellos and friends we’ve made along our path and look forward to many more.
I suppose it’s time to wake the boys. French toast and sausage for breakfast should warm us all right up.