Our Traveled Road is one small East Coast families tale of adventure and discovery.
We are simply 2 parents and 7 kids navigating a sometimes frustrating,
confusing set of life circumstances with the most
dignity, love and humor we can muster in the moment.
This blog and its purpose was born out of my need to escape all of the negativity going on around me. I felt like I was spinning and spinning with no end in site. Not within my family( that stuff is my norm) but in the world. You know the place I can’t control. Where life has become somewhat of a fiction novel filled with greed and lies.
So I decided that to slow the spinning I needed to be OK and find something that would make me feel like I was helping things be OK. My first idea was to leave, go check out another country. You know take a vaca from being exhausted, sad and angry just by watching the news. That was my announcement that fateful morning.
“Were moving to France.”
Why France you ask? I’m not sure. It just feels right. Might not when I get there but I need
some dream place to cling to on those days it is too much.
And yes I have those days. Most of the time all our “crap” is a joke, something we make light of
because if you don’t your only other option is to cry and feel sorry for yourself. And that does absolutely no good at all. Honestly I could take just a portion of our truth and find enough to be sad about for 1000 lives.
But that’s neither here nor there.
Then reality set in and I figured out that I cant travel out of the country because my younger daughter isn’t 18 and I cant get her a passport( That’s a story for another day). So I admit I was really, really bummed. Like super sad. I think because I didn’t know if I could hang on. Or keep the spinning out of control to a minimum.
I did feel sorry for myself, but only for a bit. Then I got this idea that we CAN travel, have fun and seize the moment.
My next idea was to travel within the USA til 2020. Get to know where we came from, you know our roots and what makes America fricking awesome. Then when we leave we will know a bit about ourselves as well.
Then amidst all the chaos, I must not have been the only one spinning out of control.
I saw a clip of David Tennant on BBC giving a fan requested small speech about how
everything was going to be OK.
(FYI-David Tennant is like a family member here and Time Lords are respected as friends in our house.)
It made me feel better to hear him say it was going to be OK and then he said
“But its up to us to make it OK.
Its time to be positively rebellious and rebelliously positive.
As long as we stand up for what we believe in,
don’t give into anger or violence, refuse to keep our mouth shut,
and generally try not to be dicks
every little thing is gonna be alright.”
It was like “light bulb” ……..rebelliously positive, stand up for what we believe in,
refuse to keep our mouth shut(Hello…that’s been my motto since birth)
…….Now that’s something I can get on board with,
Woop Woop. Finally something I’m good at!!!!
And now that out of control feeling is under control most days.
Thank you David, we can never repay you for all you’ve done for us.
I know That I cant choose my kids future, or leaders agendas,
or medical breakthroughs but I can be positively rebellious and rebelliously positive.
Truthfully I’ve always been a rebel.
I hate going with the flow and
following the crowd.
So Our Traveled Road was born.
The kids and us have some really challenging stuff to deal with.
It breaks my heart everyday, but to give into the sadness is to decide there’s nothing worth fighting for.
To tell them all their pain is for nothing is unimaginable.
Something I’m not willing to do.
Many people say they don’t know how we do what we do and deal with what we deal with on a daily basis.
I always say “just like you do, I wake up and put my feet on the floor, walk to the bathroom and say Today is going to be a good day.” In all honestly know it probably wont be. But it truly is your choice.
Our choice is to be Positively Rebellious and Rebelliously Positive!
So come and be positive with us.
Walk the path of awesomeness where anything is possible <3