April 27th, 2010
My parents closed on a condo yesterday and started moving into their new digs. They bought a place about three miles from our house. It’ll be a second home — they aren’t planning to abandon the house I grew up in and all their fabulous friends back home in the Midwest — but will let them spend more time here with us and the kiddos.
When I tell people my parents bought a place in the City, their first response is often: “Oooooh. And how do you feel about that?”
Which always strikes me as odd. Number one, if I wasn’t on board with the plan, why would it be happening? I guess you hear stories of overbearing family members who wouldn’t bother to consult their children before moving to the neighborhood, but I shudder to think at that family dynamic!
And number two, of course I’m thrilled! Growing up, I only had one set of living grandparents and they were three hundred miles away. I saw them a couple times a year. I loved them (and still love my grandpa) dearly, but we were never particularly close. I want my kids to be able to have close relationships with their grandparents and have those grandparents actively involved in their lives.
Naturally, for such a relationship to evolve, proximity is important!
And so, Welcome to the City, Jim and Kathy. Are you interested in baby sitting this weekend?