Loving my husband as much as I do, I HATE living so far away from all our relatives!!! I love my mom and dad and miss them terribly, especially at birthdays, our daughters' music recitals and other triumphs that mean so much to them and my husband and I. My husband's parents are 10 years older than my parents and seeing them dwindle is heartbreaking over the years. I think about the days when our parents were children and the stories they tell us about aunts and uncles, cousins and lifetime friends being within walking distance from each other all through their lives. Parents, took in their aging parents when the time came, the children sat around and listened to their grandparents' stories and learned their values of yesteryear. (My husband and his family, then my grandparents on their wedding day)
Marriage is soo very important to keep alive and working at it is a day to day effort as the USCCB says. The efforts of the Vatican and Bishops to pay attention to families in this way is an "About time" kind of issue in my mind. We have been needed a better acknowledgement for years. Much of why is due to the fact that we no longer have families living together in the same town...Some will disagree with me on this, but in recent years as we move away, get busier with activities with children, work/careers, and keeping up with the 'Jones' we have lost that reminder that there is a simpler time behind us in our history where love was more important than money and Money only got the bills paid, but human effort was priceless.
The telephone and now email is great for short-term when we can't be together, but there is nothing like a real hug from your mom and a "bear hug" from your dad! I can't wait to see them soon!! That's me, my girls, and my dad on his farm.