|Amber, Cory, Dexter|
You really never know what you are going to see at Wal-Mart. Nothing really surprises me anymore. But this sight pleasantly surprised me at 9:00 a.m. I had to find out more. First of all, we used to be avid campers, so the camper-style van piqued my interest when I spied it from a block away. It is not unusual to see large campers parked overnight on the Wal-Mart parking lot, but this was much more interesting. As we drove by, I noticed a young couple brushing their teeth outside the van. I begged my hubby to drive over to them, but he parked a dozen spaces away and said, "I am going into the store. You can go disturb their peace." He's proud of my writing, but he prefers the periphery.
With camera in hand, I apologized for my intrusion, explained that I am a writer/blogger, and asked if I might take a photo of their vehicle, write about them and post on my blog. With verbal permission...here you go Amber and Cor(e)y.
They are seasonal workers, and I don't mean crop pickers. They are from Montana, and just finished a stint working this summer in Glacier National Park. At a job fair there, they learned of a position open in the FLORIDA KEYS...be still my heart! They will be travelling North for a bit, and then they will eventually wend their way South to earn a
living as a bartender/cocktail waitress in a tropical climate in Siesta Key. Unencumbered, except for a cute lab puppy named Dexter, these free-spirited "kids" took me back to my youth, when I travelled vicariously across country in a VW bus decorated with peace signs, and danced in fields of daisies with my dog named Blue and other hippie peaceniks.
I said VICARIOUSLY. I never had the guts to do anything when I was in my youth, and not long afterwards, I married. A few years later I became a mom. My travel back then, 1969-70 was by plane to Alaska where I lived in a rural town at the end of the Alaska Highway. Now that was an adventure!
This congenial couple had a confidence about them that I never had at their age. You never know about individuals, but I did discover one thing about Cory. He's a serial killer. Oh wait, enlarge this picture by clicking on the photo) to read the fine print on his T-shirt. Then you too, will know the truth about Cory. Get a close up look at that cute Dexter while you're at it.
Oh to be young, adventurous and free to travel. These young people were personable, educated, free spirits. I wish them success as they make memories and a few bucks along the way. Stay safe, and have fun. If you want, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, especially if I spelled your names wrong.