So, my beloved brother, his divine wife and their oh-so-gorgeous baby girl just moved back to the Sawth. Sawth Ca'lina, to be exact. Just about 10 seconds AFTER we moved within 4 hours of Pasadena...where they've lived, like, forever. I'm TRYING not to take it personally!! No, seriously, they have been wanting to move back to the south since they had their little bundle of joy, and I'm happy for them. They are thrilled to be living close to family again.
I, on the other hand, am experiencing some unexpected feelings about the whole situation. Now, those that know me know I got out as quickly as possible, and I have no desire whatsoever to live in SC again. Except, it hadn't occurred to me that if I did live in SC (or thereabouts), the 'rents could pop in for a few hours and say hi. Without taking off of work. Without buying a plane ticket. Without spending hours and days in airports. Or, if I felt like it, I could drive the three hours or so to visit said 'rents just because it's Tuesday. Without all of those things listed above.
Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not packin' the house up for anyone...but it has surprised me how much I feel like I'm missing out on all of the family togetherness that's going on out there in the sticks...um, I mean SC. Kinda feels like there's a party going on, and I wasn't invited or something. As irrational as I know it is, I feel left out.
Doesn't seem likely that we are moving ANYWHERE anytime soon, and even less likely that we would move South, if we did m-m-m-(hack, cough, wheeze)move (can't believe I said the "m" word...), but it's kind of a strange feeling to suddenly miss family that I've not lived within 1000 miles of for over 20 years!!
Oh, and my dadododododo (yes, I called him a dodo...but I meant it in the nicest possible way) is a stand-up guy. A real peach! This is my gratuitous reference to my paternal unit who has been complaining that he hasn't made it into my blog yet. HI DAD! I love ya!!!