At heart, I am a conformist, so living in a van with a tiny horse simply doesn’t compute. For all that we talk about America “the land of the free,” most of us, given a choice between security and freedom, will take security without a second thought. We will spend the majority of our days working at jobs we despise for the security of a paycheck. We will stay married to people we don’t even like anymore because the thought of trying to make it alone is so frightening.
I considered the girl and her horse. The Florida Keys offers plenty of public parking so that wouldn’t be a problem. And lots of state parks where, I assume, you could take the horse for walks to let it graze on grass. And several of those parks have bathroom facilities. You could fish every day of the week and there are other natural foods, too, like coconuts and berries of various kinds. It is almost always warm.
So was my girl happy with her unconventional lifestyle? Did it feel care-free to her to live on her town terms? Or was she forced into it by circumstances? Did she lie in her cot at night and long for a plasma TV?
I will never know. America has always romanticized its outlaws and the colorful characters who have the courage (or foolishness) to take on the conventional. The fact is though that most of us don’t want to be those people.
Vicki Williams is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached through the newspaper at email@example.com.