When I started writing this series of reasons why living in Bear River has worked out for us, my list was short and sweet. Once I got into it and thought about it more, I realized that the list is far from over. Today I bring you an eighth reason.
#8 We love visits from our kids
By far, the hardest part about moving here was realizing that our adult children wouldn’t be living in Bear River too. I don’t think this is an issue for everyone, but separation has always been tough for me. I thought it would get easier and it has, but it will never be totally OK that they can’t just come over for supper on Sunday or we can’t just go for a coffee together. It’s not that easy for us to travel in the summer now that we are hooked into garden and summer markets, so it’s difficult and costly for us to visit them.
In spite of this, our kids have each made the trek here once or twice a year. How amazing is that? Jesse travels from Toronto and Emily has come here from Los Angeles or Vancouver or London or Granada, and now Munich. They enjoy visiting us in Bear River and understand why we are here and apparently we have inspired them to realize that we all can make choices to improve our lives. Imagine that!
Right now we are in the last few days of a wonderful visit from them. We are all together here for the first time in a couple of years. We’ve painted and watched movies and eaten way too much. We’ve talked and we’ve also had time for our own spaces too.
I could write a whole other post about gratitude for Skype and online communication tools that help us to visit. But there’s nothing like the real thing. We are so lucky that they feel connected to us enough to share this time with them and lucky to be in a pretty little village with them. Thanks my dear ones.
#8 We love visits from our kids.