Missing My Family

My parents are divorced, and being the product of a broken family caused me a lot of heartache as a teenager and into my twenties. I eventually dealt with that, and I’m close my Mom and Dad now. The hardest part now is that they live nearly a thousand miles apart, and as I left Dad to return home earlier this week, I wished that I could live closer to him.

Moving to New Orleans meant that I could be close enough to visit Mom regularly for the first time as an adult, and I take advantage of that. I visit her almost weekly, and I love being close enough that she can visit me too.  I felt like seeing her yesterday so I drove to her house and stayed for a few hours before returning home.

My sister lives over a thousand miles away (in another direction) with her beautiful family too, and we all have our own lives. I love the life that I have created for myself in New Orleans, but often times, I wish that I could be close to all of them.

Do you live close enough to your family to see them often? Do you wish that you could live closer?

 

10 thoughts on “Missing My Family

  1. I seriously live five minutes from everyone in my family! Sometimes it’s a blessing, sometimes it’s a curse. I moved here to be near my sister while she raised her children and I wouldn’t miss that!

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  2. i live about 30 miles from my parents and my sister and brother and their spouses. unfortunately they all work a monday-friday type job and my husband and i both work retail.
    i rarely get in on a family bbq or gathering, as we have days off during the week and not on the weekends
    my parents will occasionally come see us for lunch (we treat of course!)
    but i can count on one hand how many times i have seen my brother and sister on one hand in the past year.

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  3. My family is spread out, too. My parents are about an hour and a half away, one sister is three and a half hours away, and my other sister and only niece are at least 7 hours away. Needless to say, we are rarely all together, and it makes me sad.

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  4. Woah, I do know what you mean. It’s nowhere near 1000 miles, but it’s a six hour drive, which means a 12 hour round trip for a weekend visit. It really hardly seems like a good use of time (especially as a teacher, when there is plenty of lesson planning and prepping to get done before Monday). Like Mary, I feel like I’m missing out on all of the fun showers, weddings, get togethers. I’m sick of being the one that can never make it. Whew! Thanks for your honesty and allowing the rest of us to empathize with you!

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  5. Gosh, that would be so difficult for me. I live next door to my sister & my two nieces and less than 5 minutes from my parents. I forget sometimes how lucky I am to be so close, thanks for the reminder!

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  6. So sorry. Do you guys Skype and text and stuff? I have never lived more than an hour’s drive from my parents and brother, but most of my extended family is all over the country. I don’t think our entire family gets together unless there’s a funeral, and even then a few people are missing … :((

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  7. It’s hard. I’m pretty close to my parents, but I don’t see them as often as I’d like. Once a year, if I’m lucky. I’ve gone home with a 2 year absence before. I love where I live (California) and they love where they live (Maine). My father doesn’t travel. Mom is pretty open to travel but as she gets older, she’s a little more worried about traveling alone. She’s only been out here to visit once and she came to Las Vegas for my wedding. I don’t call enough. The time zone thing makes it tricky.

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  8. i am geographically close to my family however i am not very close with most of my family anymore. we had a big difference in opinion regarding my relationship about three years ago and although we are working on mending our family, it has been a struggle. i used to be incredibly close with my younger sister but now we rarely speak and it is so uncomfortable when we are in the same room.

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  9. I know how you feel, its strange as since moving the other side of the world my sister and I have become closer, not day goes by when we dont talk or text each other.
    It is hard at times though being so far away, the plane journey to England seems to take forever.
    Remember thats what friends are for when family is so far away

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  10. Being that far from some of your family must be difficult. When I was growing up my grandparents were within walking distance really (one was right next door and the other was about a mile down the road.) Right now, I live about a hour and a half from my parents and my boyfriend’s parents are quite a few states away. While I want to move somewhere else, I’m not sure how I would deal with my parents being in another state.

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