Sunday, March 29th 2015
One last time, before they head back home to Germany for six months, we visit the Big Underwear Bus. This time… for my first time… for a RIDE. As in, actually spark the thing up and DRIVE IT AROUND. Obviously it’s a BUS, and it’s been from Oregon to PANAMA and back and forth across the U.S. several times. But to me it’s more like a myth and a legend. To me the bus is a spiritual home and magical bungle of the most singularly unique friends I have. Here we go.
This time, within seconds, Gavin is behind the wheel:
Brady sparks up the Bus by poking it in the butt (that is where the ignition switch is; ain’t it true for us all):
And we’re off!
Gavin *helps* with driving;
While ClaraJane engages Irmi in staring contest.
While in motion, the bus tends to sprinkle down items falling off shelves and stuff, such as this hat:
Meanwhile, I drive like this every day:
Daddy & CJ get dreamy:
After a leisurely, picturesque jaunt from Warwick, R.I., we stop along the waterfront of historic Wickford:
Where adventure awaits:
Also because adventure awaits wherever you decide to make it (even if whilst holding Daddy’s Hand):
I say nothing and follow silently as Gavin clambers back and forth along the boulders, along the icy water precipice. Before my eyes his confidence grows. He asks me to time him. 1:31. Again: 1:15. Again: 0:52 seconds! 0:52 again. Then 0:47! Amazing. Wonderful! (HOORAY FOR THE UNBRIDLED CHILD)
Then a stroll through town, with a stop to admire someone ELSE’s collection of antique MARBLES (Gavin’s most coveted possession of Brady’s):
Then into the “Grateful Heart” to visit our beloved MariBeth (even if the store owners weren’t so grateful we stopped by near closing time).
Then we followed Maribeth to her friend’s Blues performance at this place.
Brady & Irmi danced their last night in the U.S., before heading back to old Deutschland.
Not before Brady waxes sentimental for all he is leaving here… for now:
Back to Bus HQ for one last night. With a little helper, Irmi whips us up a coffee for the road;
And it’s Bon Voyage.
In review, here’s the movie version of our day; Big Underwear Bon Voyage Joy Ride [2min,15secs]:
Und… DANKE SCHOEN!!!