Monday, November 26, 2007


My brother just celebrated his 31st birthday this week. He posted all the pictures they took that night for everyone to see. Everytime I see pictures of family events I've missed out on, it makes me wish I was there so bad. I can't say I feel homesick because the US was never really my home, so I figure I'm family-sick. I miss spending time with my parents and brothers. I wish I could be with them more often.

I always thought I'd be the one my parents would depend on as they grew older. But I never thought I'd move to Hong Kong and will live in Australia permanently in the future. I'm incredibly lucky I get along with my in-laws and Hubby's family just fine, but I often wish I could also live close to my side of the family. I also wish in addition to their paternal grandparents, Boy Wonder and Nachos will grow up to know their maternal grandparents just as much. Hubby mentioned in the past that his parents will get their fill of our kids as if they were on tap, but it would be nice if my parents do too. I wish someday my kids will get to realize why I love their grandparents so much.

I'm reminded everytime I look at these pictures that my parents aren't getting any younger. And knowing my grandmother is no longer with us just makes me realize not having my parents and brothers around is one less day spent with them.

But all is not lost. In order to alleviate this "situation" a bit, we have made sure there will be a comfortably sized guestroom in our house plans. Even when we were just going around looking at houses in Melbourne, Hubby and my in-laws were so cute pointing out all the guest rooms taking note how my parents would like it and if they would be comfortable living there on an extended basis.

I've also started giving them calls whenever I have the time. Its funny how I used to dread receiving their phonecalls when I was living alone and "young". Now I look forward to hearing from both sets of parents. I was never very interested with what was going on in their lives, but now every news, every tidbit into their daily routine is news for me. At least if I can't be there, I can imagine that I am.

1 comment:

christao17 said...

That's a sentiment that rings true to me, too. I don't really miss living in the US but I do wish my family was closer. Especially as my nieces are growing up (now going on 2 and 4) I don't want to miss out.

Glad to hear you're making arrangements for your parents to be able to stay comfortably with you in Melbourne.

And it is really good to know that Chris' parents are so thoughtful and supportive. What great in-laws!