We’ve been coping with a new situation in my family this week. Having one member of our family (me) living and working in a different city than the rest of the family. Although this is a normal occurence in many other families’ lives, it has not been a typically situation for us. To families who make this work on a long-term basis to support your families, my hats off to you. It’s no easy gig.
I miss my dog every day greeting me when I walk in the door from work. I miss the sticky little fingers of my kids each day, and the tired smile of my husband when we shows me the project he’s been working on. These little moments in the every day are the ones that I cherish the most. There’s why I keep going.
Spending times in the outdoors is the memories that are most vivid to me, and with this short term pain, there is a potential for long-term gain for long term goals we have for our family. It’s hard to remember this as we work through this transition in the middle.
It got me thinking of all of the different type of families we now have within our communities. Families that have adopted, families that have been blended together, and of course, the family we pick for ourselves in our friends when family is far away. Each of us have those quirks (and quirky family members) who make them great in their own right.
Another great story of an unique family (or friends that are family if you will) is being featured right on on Netflix! I have been binge watching Grace and Frankie. The show is a new funny and fearless original Netflix comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.
When Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them after 40 years of marriage—to be with each other—the women find themselves facing a change they never expected. They shift their perspective to get through it together, with the support of their new blended family and, of course, a sense of humour. Some of the lines in the show make me laugh so hard I cry.
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a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.