It days like 9/11 that make you miss your family and friends. It reminds you that tomorrow is not promised and you have to tell your loved ones how important they are to you.
Sharing those feelings has not been easy for me. I am not one to verbalize my emotions often.
This week I have been especially missing my nieces and nephews.
I'm missing lots of firsts in my baby nieces' lives, and I'm not around to see my nephews mature into young men.
I don't want them to forget about me or solely think of me as the aunt who sends them birthday and Christmas gifts in the mail but isn't around.
The other night I wanted to video chat with my oldest niece, whose bubbly personality always makes me feel better, but no one was available to call. All I could do is sit there, anxiously.
I texted family members for photos. Luckily they were nice enough to oblige.
I had to remind myself that I've been fortunate enough to be able to go home to visit, and I have another trip scheduled for November thanks to my job. We might even be able to spend part of the winter in Phoenix. Plus I have countless videos and photos to look at in the meantime.
I have to believe my nieces and nephews know I care about them. Yes, I am missing some moments now, but that just makes our next moments together more special. That's why I have to make the most of our limited time together.
I just can't wait until my nieces are old enough to video chat me on their own!
On a lighter note, it's Friday! I'm ready to spend time in the city with Graham and get photos taken for our anniversary gift to each other. I still can't believe we've been married a year.
How do you handle living away from family?