Having family is super important.
While I am surrounded by my in-laws and love that, there is really no substitute for your own family (meaning my parents and siblings).
There's just times when a girl wants to hug her Dad or watch her child play with her grandmother and I'm there.
I'm so there right now.
For years my parents lived in the same county as me. They were always minutes away and I would spend almost every weekend hanging out with them. Almost four years ago they moved to South Carolina where my Dad had a new job waiting for him. My sister, who lived a mere three streets over from me, went with them and my brother, who attended college in SC, just decided to stay put in his new home state (traitor).
And it's sucked ever since then.
Sure, I could come up and visit for a few days before heading back to Florida, but it's not the same as having them all close by. I hate missing all the fun stuff and the important stuff.
Like, I hate that I missed the birth of my newest nephew and hate that I can't go fishing with my older ones.
I hate not having my sister in law closer so her niece can play with my daughter. I miss arguing with my own sister about the stupidest of things.
Most of all, I miss my parents.
I hate that Roo doesn't get to spend more time with her grandparents, who I know miss her like crazy. And I hate that they aren't here to watch her grow up and discover new things. I miss shopping with my Mom, grilling with my Dad and the general mayhem that comes when you put all of us together in one room.
Maybe one day we can all live in the same state and distance won't be such an issue for us. Maybe one day it'll all be perfect.
A Closer Look
1 day ago