Sunshine and Darkness. #Life
| This picture above was taken on my first Mother's Day as a mom, May 2010. I see the smiling face |
and know it is hiding many fears and inner battles, but the joy
of holding my sweet girl was real.
This long distance family situation has taught me that our loved ones are precious, even if we don't always agree or see each other as much as we want. I know people who live in the same city as their mother yet continue to choose estrangement because the relationship is strained. Guess what? Relationships are hard. Parenting is hard. Finding your way in the Adult/Child mine field can be hard. Dig in and make it work.
I look at my girl, now almost six, and hope that the teen and adult years will not pull her too far away from my orbit. I was an independant child, teen, and adult who went as far away as money and resources would allow 20 years ago. I settled in Ontario and lived care-free until I had my girl. She brought tremendous joy but her sunshine cast a spotlight on the empty places that I wish my family could fill.
Have you had to cope with long distance relationships?