At 23 years old, I left the state I grew up in, left my family and friends. And I moved across the country. All around, it has been my favorite decision. It really showed me how strong I am. But it hasn’t always been easy. There is something hard about every day. And sometimes I do find myself wishing I was back in my home state, being comforted and surrounded by my family and friends there.
I know so many people have made a huge move, leaving all they knew behind. I wanted to give a bit of insight on what goes on in the mind on a daily basis – of the girl that moved away from home.
When it comes to missing your loved ones, it’s a feeling that never diminishes. Nothing can distract you from it. It is always there.
When my kids do something unbelievably adorable, I want to call my mom. I wish she were here to witness it with me. I take a lot of videos knowing that it doesn’t fully do the moment justice. When I struggle with my son’s behavior, I want nothing more than a reminder from my mama that I’m doing alright. That it won’t be this hard forever.
When I’m having a bad day and tears fill my eyes, I send a video to my sister. Her support is always something I will need. I’m grateful that technology makes it possible for us to be there for each other, but it’s just not the same as her being here to comfort me in person. I wish our kids could play and learn from each other every day.
When my son asks about his uncle and recalls fun times they had together the last time he saw him, it makes me wish that he could make more memories. I wish that instead of asking about him, he could he sharing superhero stories with him face to face.
Whenever I cook dinner, my grandmother comes to mind. I love cooking with her and know she would he proud of the recipes I remember and put together.
When my husband is working long hours, I want nothing more than to sit on the couch and watch the kids play while chatting with my best friend. I just want to sit and giggle and marvel over how cute our children are.
The girl who moved away from home never stops thinking about her family. She never stops wondering what she’s missing. Her heart aches looking at pictures they post online together, knowing that moment won’t happen again. She missed it.
The girl who moved away from home always longs for the love and support from her mother, the comfort from her siblings, the encouragement from her grandparents, the validation from her best friends.
She will always be grateful for the life she has created in this new place. She’ll always cherish the family she has grown to adore here. She’ll do all she can to never take this life she has built and grown to love for granted. But she will always long for the constant presence of the loved ones who made her who she is today. That will never change.
So to the girl who moved away from home – stay strong. Call your family as much as you can. Keep sending them texts and videos. Keep reaching out and asking for advice. Include them in your life. Know that they long for and miss you just as much as you do them. If not more. You will forever be loved.
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