Something very big is happening to our family–something hugely, remarkably wonderful. I haven’t talked about it much, and I haven’t written about it at all, because I hardly have the words to express my excitement.
In two days, my parents are closing on a house and will begin the process of moving in. The house is one mile from mine.
My parents have lived in the same little town where I grew up for ages–my dad has spent his entire life there, except for a few short years during and right after college. This is a huge change for them. They’re going into semi-retirement and moving to Our City, starting over with a new house and new friends and new drivers’ licenses and new dry cleaners and all the other "beginnings" that come with an inter-state move.
And I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself. Except for a brief time, years ago, when our younger siblings lived in our city, Hubs and I have never had family in town–certainly not grandparents. I have looked with envy at my friends whose parents are nearby. For my parents to see the kids’ plays or soccer matches or church programs has been a huge undertaking, requiring planning and overnight visits. Not anymore.
More than a couple of my friends have raised their eyebrows when I’ve told them parents will be living so close to us. "Is that going to be, um, okay?" they ask skeptically. It will. I’m blessed with parents who are really good at being parents to their adult kids. They have become our friends, our cheerleaders, our sounding boards. They give generously of their time while still maintaining healthy boundaries. Hubs and I are very blessed.
And we’re very proud. It’s no small thing to start over the way they are. They’ve reasoned (wisely) that it makes sense for them to live near their adult kids, and it makes even more sense to do it when they’re young and healthy enough to build a life for themselves.
And so, with much excitement, we’re all embarking on a new adventure, learning to navigate life with grandparents (*squeal*) just a few streets away. Once they’re settled, they will move my grandmother here as well. We’ll have a town full of family, and we couldn’t be happier about it.