You may remember that my parents spent the winter in Florida. This means that we don’t see them from early November until late April – nearly six months. (We can’t afford to fly down to visit them, and two-day car trips aren’t very appealing with a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old.) That’s a really long time, especially when you consider that when they are home in Michigan, we see them nearly every weekend. All four of us miss my parents a lot when they are gone.
So imagine my surprise when I got this e-mail from my mom on Monday: “Your dad’s birthday is Wednesday. The only thing he wants for his birthday is a birthday party at your house with all the kids there.” What? At MY house? Yes, they were planning a “visit” back to Michigan! A very short visit – Thursday-Tuesday, maybe – but we’ll take what we can get.
So my folks came over this afternoon/evening and stayed for about five hours. The kids were THRILLED to see them. Tomorrow they will be here most of the day for the birthday party (they’re coming early to get in some extra time with the kids – and Tim and me too, I suppose 🙂 )
It’s not a lot of time, but it’s a very nice midway point between November and April. And the kids love their grandparents so much – we’ll take what we can get!
Anyone else have to go long periods of time without seeing relatives you’re close to? How do you keep in touch while you’re separated?