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Cover Page: 1 Title Page Page: 2 Copyright Page: 4 Contents Page: 6 Preface Page: 9 1 Life after Kids Page: 10 2 Fear Conquering Page: 11 3 When Hurricanes Blow Page: 13 4 Generic Midwestern Directional University Page: 16 5 Sixteen Boxes Page: 17 6 Empty Nest Egg Page: 19 7 Fear Conquering and Writing a Will Page: 22 8 Sardinia Has the Best Donkey Page: 23 9 Sweat Equity Page: 27 10 Fear Conquering and Snow Skiing Page: 28 11 windycity420 Page: 31 12 BAMF Page: 33 13 Mama Loves a Ball of Paint Page: 35 14 We’re Too Old for This Crap Page: 36 15 The Plan Is No Plans Page: 37 16 Helicopter Mom, You Are Grounded Page: 40 17 Home, Home on the Strange Page: 43 18 A Little-Talked-About Sign of Aging Page: 45 19 Help! There’s No One to Eat the Leftovers Page: 47 20 The Blowup Page: 48 21 THE Talk Page: 51 22 Lessons Learned in a Walmart Parking Lot Page: 54 23 Fear Conquering and White-Water Rafting Page: 57 24 Balls to the Wall Page: 58 25 50 @ 50 Page: 60 26 No Home for the Holidays Page: 62 27 Grandchildish Behavior Page: 64 28 Withdrawal Page: 66 29 Now What? Page: 67 30 Admitting I Have a Problem Is the First Step Page: 68 31 Mexican Therapy Page: 69 Epilogue Page: 71 Acknowledgments Page: 73 About the Authors Page: 74

Empty nesters buy an RV and hit the road in this “thoroughly charming account of a romp across America” (Victoria Zackheim).   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 ripcord 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.
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