Who is Edna? Edna was our VW Westfalia camper van and she was a beauty! We were her proud owners for the last three years and have had some great camping memories with her. We have been trying to sell her for a while now as we will certainly have no need of her in Asia. Last week a very lucky couple took her off our hands.
Now that we are without her I’m realizing just how attached I was to her. I mean, she was just so cool! And I felt cool driving her! You know how people choose their cars for the status the car brings them? Well, my little Westy did that for me. It was the status of an uber-cool mama. No minivans for me!
Now I am car-less in Canada. We still have Mike’s work truck so we won’t be totally stranded but gone are the days of outings outside of walking distance while Mike is at work. It will be a hard adjustment but worthy sacrifice. Not only will I be getting much more exercise from having to walk everywhere but it is another check off the list of things to do.
My attachment to Edna has got me thinking about my attachment to all of our possessions. It is so easy to let material things define you. It is also easy to form opinions of other people based on their possessions….their clothes, cars, homes (or lack thereof). After we sell our house we will be homeless, a family of no fixed address. We will be selling a whole lot of our stuff at a garage sale and storing the things we can’t part with. I think it will be one of the most liberating experiences in our lives so far. We won’t be tied down to anything or by anything. There will be no more bills, maintenance costs, or insurance (except health insurance). How much money will we be saving by simply not owning things? Our possessions will be limited to what we can comfortably carry on our backs. What a feeling!