Fast forward 9 years. I've got two little ones, and my sister has a baby now, too. The glamour of my northern lifestyle has faded. I want nothing more than to move back to Ontario to be closer to my family. Unfortunately, we're not able to make such a move for at least another 3, more likely 5, years. We've just returned from a 2 month stay with my parents and I feel such a deep sadness and homesickness. I miss my sister, I miss my mom. I want Sunday dinners with everyone all together. I want my kids to grow up playing with their cousins. I want to be there for holidays and birthdays. My husband suggested me and our boys stay with my parents indefinitely, and he would come every 2 weeks or once a month (he runs a hotel/bar, and the business is still fairly new to him). When he suggested it, we were still at my parents and I hated the thought. Now that we're back here, so far away, I'm reconsidering. I feel like I'm in exile. The sadness makes it hard to function some days, and I know that's why DH suggested it. He's worried about me.
I'm not sure what my point is in posting this. Is anyone else in a similar situation? How do you make it work? How do you survive living somewhere you don't want to be anymore? Anyone living apart from their partner? How does that work for you?