Days like 12/12/12 make us feel like life is all about the numbers. Since we embarked on this adventure six weeks ago, we have been consumed by numbers like miles per gallon, time and distance to our next destination, exit numbers, entrance fees, opening and closing times, travel time and of course counting to make sure we have all five of our kids.
Now, as we keep rolling forward on this adventure, the numbers just keep growing. We are now in Texas, and as the largest state in the lower 48, it is full of really big numbers. To get to this point, we have now traveled over 4,000 miles, camped in seven Walmart parking lots, collectively lost two teeth, been hospitalized once, made at least 10 repairs on our motorhome, and eaten out 100 times more than we ever did at home. BUT, I am beginning to understand that our family history adventure is about so much more than the numbers. For example, we just visited The 6th Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas where Lee Harvey Oswald carried out the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As I saw and heard the sights and sounds of that fateful day, I thought of when my Dad told me exactly where he was and how he felt just after noon on November 22, 1963. I gained a whole new perspective as I experienced the 6th Floor Museum through my Dad’s eyes.
As we continue to travel from place to place, I am most excited for the chance to gain a new appreciation for my current and past family’s experiences. As we walk where they walked and visit the times and places of our history, our ancestors are becoming less like numbers and a lot more like living, breathing people with feelings just like us and that is what makes this an adventure we will never forget.
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