Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All
Almost every couple faces a "now what?" moment as their last kid moves out of the house. There's a big empty nest looming over this new and uncertain stage in their lives. David and Veronica James chose to look at this next phase of life as a beginning instead of an ending. Rather than staying put and facing the constant reminders of empty bedrooms and backseats, a plan began to develop to sell the nest and hit the highway. But could a homebody helicopter mom learn to let go of her heartstrings and house keys all at once? Filled with a sense of adventure and humor, Going Gypsy is the story of a life after raising kids that is a celebration of new experiences. Pulling the rip cord on the daily grind, David and Veronica throw caution to the wind, quit their jobs, sell their house, put on their vagabond shoes, and go gypsy in a beat-up old RV found on eBay. On a journey of over ten thousand miles along the back roads of America (and a hysterical, error-infused side trip into Italy), they conquer old fears, see new sights, reestablish bonds with family and friends, and transform their relationships with their three grown children from parent-child to adult-to-adult. Most importantly, they rediscover in themselves the fun-loving youngsters who fell in love three decades prior.
"Any parents who have gotten through the launching stage of life with their sense of adventure (and humor) intact deserve our attention. They got mine! If I could be on the road again--and I guess we really all can--this is how I'd do it. An empty nest just means the kids have learned to fly. How nice to know the parents can too!" --Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog "Free-Range Kids" "It's quite a talent to turn a midlife journey into compelling and amusing reading, and the authors of "Going Gypsy" clearly have that talent. There are as many smiles as miles in this unique travel memoir told in the voices of both halves of a newly nest-emptied couple. Veronica, especially, shares her internal struggle with genuine insight--after all, she's been a "very" involved mother of three kids. Can a couple really just sell the nest and take off in an RV with hardly any plans? Seems so, and we lucky readers vicariously get to enjoy it all with them." --Susan K. Perry, creativity blogger at PsychologyToday.com and author of "Writing in Flow," "Loving in Flow," and the empty-nest novel "Kylie's Heel" "Warm, funny, clever, and inspiring--makes you see the fun in being empty-nested, whether you take to the road like David and Veronica or stay at home and reinvent your life with the sense of adventure they found on their journey." --Linda F. Burghardt, PhD, author of "The Happy Empty Nest" "A thoroughly charming account of a romp across America and beyond by childhood sweethearts who discover life without children, rediscover the joy of thirty years together, and learn firsthand the magic of living with eyes wide open to the wonders of a new and independent life." --Victoria Zackheim, editor of "Faith: Essays by Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists" "As soon as I read the dedication I was 'in, ' and the rest did not disappoint. I found myself chuckling at every turn. Loved the writing style as well." --Rayya Elias, author of "Harley Loco"
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