My sister and my niece and nephew came for a whirlwind 24 hour goodbye visit. They are off on their exciting adventure to places unknown and for an indefinite time - possibly permanently. I am going to miss them terribly. My niece and nephew were born before we started trying to conceive and their existence has been untainted with the jealousies and bitterness that made it hard to be happy about new babies after that. For a long time, they were the nearest I thought I was going to get to having my own children. And they are fantastic cousins to my wee boy - he has such fun with them. Because of our huge mortgage and our small (totally worth it) drain on our resources, it's going to be hard for us to visit them - wherever they go.
So, on that theme, here are my 5 good things:
1. Sky.pe - it's what kept me in touch with my wonderful friend while she was literally on the other side of the world and I'm counting on it to do the same for me with my sister and family.
2. Email - my nephew and niece have got their own email addresses (they're aged nearly 12 and nearly 10) so I can keep up with them that way too.
3. Touch - an instant messaging app that they also have - my niece, in particular, likes to send me funny messages on a Friday night. Another good way of keeping in contact - though I don't think it'll catch on as a verb in the way Sky,pe has ;-).
4. Modern transport - as long as they don't go TOO far out of the way, we should be able to see them in real life very occasionally (as long as we save like crazy).
5 Family - I'm reminding myself that this wouldn't hurt so bad if I didn't have such a wonderful sister, niece and nephew.