The newest generation of adults has spawned a different way of looking at home and shelter- The Tiny House Movement. Our daughter Caryn is going to join this movement. Her plan is to convert a recently purchased Bookmobile into her dream home. It is a big task with a to-do list a mile long.
The fact that Caryn should live in a bookmobile is the best part of this story. Caryn had a tough time learning to read. She came along at the time when Whole Language was the shiniest, newest method to teach children to read. We studied the method and tried to help at home with our time and rewards. It just didn’t work. The teacher warned us that some children just weren’t as bright as others-big help. So we took Caryn outside the school system for a diagnosis and help. The first test proved her to have a very high IQ and ranked very high-nationwide. Subsequent testing proved she could learn to read at lightening speed-when taught to read the old-fashioned way-phonics. Once she learned phonics-you couldn’t hold her back. The library and the bookstore became her havens. Lessons learned-not every student can be taught by one method and always question the labels the “professionals” slap on your kids. So on to college and the workforce for Caryn. Her dream job was in a large chain bookstore. But the online shoppers of the world have snuffed out a lot of physical book stores.
Her prolific reading and interest in all environmental trends led her to the Tiny Home experiment. Caryn has combed Craig’s List and newspapers for a year-trying to find the one thing that a mobile tiny house cannot do without: a trailer chassis. No go. Her Dad came home from a Ruritan meeting the other week, and when I asked him what was new, he replied “Not much, the old Bookmobile is for sale. The new one is up and running.” I said “Really? Did you call Caryn?” So we called her, and she called the Carroll County Public Library to make an inquiry. Yes the Bookmobile was for sale, yes we could look at it, and the board was meeting that evening -if she wanted to bid. Holy smokes! That is how you know you are on the right track-God has removed all barriers and you better roll with it!
So the newest thread on the Out to Pasture Blog will be all about the conversion of one slightly used Bluebird Bus Bookmobile into a comfortable and private tiny home. Make no mistake-some folks use the term “tiny house” but the true believer knows that the correct term is “Tiny HOME”.