Recently an aunt and uncle were in town for a visit. All my relatives live far away, except for my parents and one grandmother. I wish they all lived close. I grew up with many friends having ALL their family live within minutes of their homes. They saw cousins at the grocery store, walking around town or at school. When my in-laws moved farther away I was sad. I think it would be so great see all of my family more often. I long for better relationships with all of my family.
I feel my boys are missing out on understanding what family means. They ask about why they do not have cousins. I have been an only child for most of life, and my husband now only has a brother who does not have any children.
Many people complain about their families and how dysfunctional they are. I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side.