Neither Mikkel nor I have ever regretted our decision to move and permanently live in Pedasí. But there are times when I especially miss my family. Although we have MagicJack, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, & email to communicate with each other, it is still not the same as seeing each one in person. Our children are grown with families and jobs of their own. Even when we lived in California, we may have not seen them as much as we would like due to everyone’s busy schedules. But it was easier to jump in the car and meet up with them for holidays, special occasions, or just to visit. Now it takes a lot of planning and budgeting of time and money. When making the decision to move here, we knew that leaving our family & friends would be a challenge we would have to face at times, especially during holidays or special events. But for us, God opened all the doors to our desire to live a richer “third life”, so we accepted the challenge.
Today would have been my Dad’s 97th birthday. I am so glad we got to celebrate Dad’s birthday at the USS Midway in San Diego 7 years ago. Although he could no longer express it verbally due to the results of some mini strokes he preciously had, his smile expressed how happy he was then. Who knew we would only have a few more months with him, and only 5 more years with my sister Debi. Happy Birthday Dad! Miss you both, but take comfort in knowing you are even more happy now.
I share this to remind myself, my family, and friends to cherish the times you do have with those you love. You can’t change the past, but you can make some good memories to keep for the future while there is still time.