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post #3 of Old 03-06-2003
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Guilt of leaving kids behind

We raised our kids to be independent and I really don''t think they see our leaving them behind as a bad thing. They see it as us achieving a long sought after goal.

I think all the guilt is really our own longing to hang onto our kids. Think back when you were a young adult. Did you really pine after your parents? You, hopefully, loved your parents and wanted to see them, but only for short periods of time. Then you wanted to be free again from their oversight.

We do keep in touch and talk to our kids almost daily. One is 800 miles away, one 140 miles away and the last is 65 miles away. So isn''t it better to talk to them from the islands rather than from your old home?

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