This time of year always makes me think more about living closer to family. We’re pretty isolated in Baltimore, family-wise, and I don’t really like that.
The holidays are of course time to be with family, and generally that means that we need to travel – either to Michigan or Colorado to see my family, or Nashville (where we’re headed for Christmas this year) or Oklahoma City (where we haven’t been in years) to see Craig’s family. Frankly, I get tired of the travel. It takes time and it costs money. I often think, wouldn’t it be nice if it was just a special dinner and it didn’t need to be such a days-long production?
And of course it would be so nice to be closer to family for many other reasons. We don’t necessarily feel a strong draw to move to Michigan, but whenever we’re here, it does cross my mind. It’s where I grew up, and it’s familiar to me. And my parents are here. Today we drove past a cute house with a “for sale” sign in the front, so I looked it up online and then spent some time looking at other listings in the area. Then I wonder about jobs and so on – and of course there’s the fact that it would be hard to sell our house right now without taking a big hit. And who knows how a move would affect our adoption?
And there’s Colorado, which has been on our radar for years, especially since both of my brothers live there. I do feel a real draw to that area (stemming from a spiritual moment on top of a mountain about ten years ago), plus we like the climate and there may be some job opportunities for Craig within his current company.
It all just makes me think. Just think. It’s certainly not something we’re going to do now, but maybe we’ll make a move sometime in the future.