Living the way we do in a roving trailer, a community can be hard to come by. Community on the road is a lot different from the small towns I’ve created or used in the Promise Cove and Beck Family Saga series. (If you’ve read Starting for Home, the town of Lander, Wyoming will be familiar to you.)
Readers Are a Vital Part of My Community on the Road.
By and large, it’s virtual. If you read my books and follow me on Facebook, Instagram (casey_dawes_author), or Pinterest, I’d love to get your comments on my posts and start up a real dialogue. Maybe someday I’ll figure out TikTok enough to get over there. Are you on TikTok? I’d love to know what you think about it.
Family and Friends in My Community on the Road.
My family and friends are connected with me, somewhat through Facebook, but more often through text or the occasional phone call. Most of my kids are heavily occupied with their careers and ushering the last of their children from their nests. I keep up with my friends on Facebook, remembering to at least click “like” once in a while so Facebook keeps showing me what’s going on.
Given my crazy life, I have lots of different communities to tap into: my college undergrad theater crew, my Montana early teaching friends, the traveling road show of my tech group, IDUG, and various friends who have hung in there from Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania, and Montana.
How do you keep in touch with family and friends? It’s so very different from when I was a teenager stuck talking to my friends from the corded phone in the kitchen.
I also have some virtual groups that hold common interests scattered across the country. These folks are younger than I am by and large, which challenges me to re-examine my perspectives. Some I have added to my roster of friends. Although it is definitely harder to make friends the older you get.
We’ll be spending four months in Tucson. Last year I got to know several of the quilters as I worked on a grandchild’s quilt. I look forward to renewing those new friendships, as well as saying hi to the man from Minnesota who parks his trailer next to ours.
What about you? Do you make new friends easily?
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