Gingerbread houses are a common tradition around the holidays and I remember being fond of seeing the various edificial wonders made and decorated with all things delectable when I was younger. Never did I give much thought to the work behind these marvels which ranged from the average Hansel and Gretel house in the woods to recreations of Eiffel Towers, White Houses, European castles, and the like. That is, of course, until we started building our own gingerbread structures.
No, we do not build houses, towers, or castles. We build buses!! I suppose the word build is a bit strong as the challenges proved to be more difficult than we realized. There was our first effort which needed a body shop to repair severe damage, and our second attempt (my personal favorite) that succumbed to the debilitating effects of gravity. This year, after failing to find the time last December, we made a third bid to complete two gingerbread buses.
Although we are getting better, I do not think we are (and perhaps never were) focused on perfection. The fun lies in the family joining together for some quality time – creating, decorating, eating. Should it be anything but fun focused? After all bus ownership is rarely about the perfect; the charming nature instead coming from the imperfections which enhance the drive, camping experience, wrenching time etc… and make the endeavor unique for each Volkswagen, owner, or family member. While extremely enjoyable, memorable, and recounted with much fondness, I cannot think of a single classic Volkswagen I owned, or trip undertaken in one, which could not be improved upon. However, I would never want to do so as it is the imperfections that make these so endearing. Why should our gingerbread be any different?