This weekend, we had the unique privilege of visiting with our youngest nephew, Liam. Little Liam was born on New Year's Day, and we hadn't been able to visit with him since then. He lives 7 hours away in West Texas. It was so fun to play with him and snuggle him close during his stay.
Recently, Brian and I noticed a distinct difference in our 2 families. I grew up with basically all of my relatives within an hour's drive. So, we never traveled much for the sake of visiting family, and we saw our relatives very often.
Brian's family is totally different. They are all spread out across the globe, and they only see each other a few times a year, if that. So, they come in and stay for long weekends and holidays.
That's a foreign concept to me, but a fun one. I guess there are gives and takes in both scenarios. If you live close by, you don't get the bonding time of staying in relatives' homes. But, if you live far away, you only see one another on rare occasions. Both scenarios make for their own dynamics. It's interesting.
I think I should've been a psychology student. People intrigue me. Relationships interest me, and I'm always trying to figure out why people are the way they are. It blows my mind, and drives Brian bonkers when I won't shut up about it. :)
So, how does your family operate? Are y'all close together or spread far away?