Visits home after moving away are special. The moments seem bigger, more noteworthy. They stay in a deeper part of ourselves. Keeping the moments from a trip back home is easier when you move away.
Our Holidays were not your typical crazy. We have been in the middle of a cross-country move since March. Our final destination is Colorado, but we had the opportunity to spend 9 months in the desert “on our way”, so we took it.
Nine months were up just as the Holidays came along, so we packed up our things and made our way toward the Rockies. We arrived in time to drop our things, and prepare to spend Christmas in Boston, with my husband and my families.
Our almost 10 month journey was exciting and fun. We saw parts of the country we had never seen, and got to spend all sorts of time with just each other. By the time December 20th hit though, we were tired and ready for some familiar faces, spirits, and warm embraces. We were Boston bound.
Our time in New England was made up of a whole bunch of little moments- all made more special because they are no longer ordinary. My kids do not have access to their grandparents, aunts, and uncles everyday, like they used to. Impromptu family cookouts and dinners happen no longer, because we are so far away. Because our time together was limited to a “trip”, we were fully present, and grateful.
As I watched my kids enjoying these not so ordinary moments, I exhaled. With each snowman made, jungle gym climbed, and skate laced, I watched them embrace the feeling that family brings. Instead of letting these moments slip by, unaccounted for, I noted them. I tucked them somewhere within me.
I will unfold these memories when my kids or I need them. On the Tuesday afternoon when we are tired or feeling lonely. On the sunny summer afternoon when a first catch is made, or as we walk through an art exhibit displaying the work of our child.
I will remind my kids of all these little moments, and the people who created them. I will tell them that though they may be miles and miles away, family is never really very far.
As we head back to Colorado, we will all take the little moments of our Holiday trip home, with us. They will keep us connected with each other, and with those whom we have known our whole lives.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.