Living far apart

Philippines
November 18, 2012 8:08am CST
Should families live apart? I haven't really thought of this before but now that all my siblings are living far from me and my mother I'm kind of wishing that we live near each other. December last year one of my brothers and his family went home for a vacation, and April this year one of my sisters also took a one-month vacation here bringing her daughter. Another brother comes home twice a year. My other sister lives in the same city as ours but also lives a little bit far. Reuniting with them is a very happy and memorable event in our lives specially the bonding experience with their children who are all very adorable. This makes my mother who is a widow very happy. Of course we can't dictate that they live here, they have their own lives now. Sometimes though I think that life is too short for us to be apart when being together makes us happy.
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@gilenie (190)
19 Nov 12
my parents lives in Texas already for at 8 yrs we haven't been spending time and we (their siblings) 3 of us lives in Phil. My brother since he already had his family lives in a nearby town the only persons living here in my parents old house is me and my younger brother... it is so sad especially during Christmas season we are all far from each other a season where a family be together eat together but what can we do? they are far from us and its not easy to travel way back in Phil just to be with each other on this special occasion. what we just do is be on the internet and chat feels like we are just together... but at least there is a way for us to be updated on whats going on in each others life we still have this means of communication and i think its what really counts.
@jdalaqui (1074)
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
It is a wonderful experience when families are gathered for a reunion such as that. The joy would be inexpressible. However, to live a part is just normal and we cannot do anything about that.
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
18 Nov 12
I don;t think that families should live far apart if if can be heloptedl when you live too far apart from one anothetr, it is difficult to mainain relationshisps. togetherness is where it is at/
@Raine38 (9050)
• United States
18 Nov 12
I know that ideally, most families would rather be near each other. It's the love and care that ties. But unfortunately, practicality and opportunities warrant some changes that must be executed and decisions that must be made to live their own lives and pursue their dreams. As parents I know that if only they can care for their kids forever or give them everything that they want, they will. But they have to let them go for their own good. If anything, distance can be bridged by today's technology and absence makes the heart grow fonder.
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@angelsmummy (1700)
18 Nov 12
It's lovely for families to be together but it's not always possible. I moved away from my family not because I wanted to leave them but because I wanted to live in a better area for my children, with better schools and less of a crime rate. I see my family as often as I can and I've moved closer to other members of my family, so it's not all bad. It is hard this time of year being apart from family tho.
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@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
22 Dec 12
Family members need to decide for themselves where they want and perhaps, need to live. But, there are so many ways now to keep in touch with each other. I keep in touch with my family members via email, facebook, skype, etc. And, yes, even snail mail. Perhaps your mother can set up a skype account so that she can stay in touch throughout the year with her family, especially with her grandchildren.