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Re: Grandparents vs. Cruising
First off, I left a pretty good job to find one closer to my parents. I grew up close to my grandparents, and my wife and I both wanted our daughter to know her family. It turned out to be the right choice for us. My daughter has a great relationship with my parents, and my sister, which I don't think she would have had if we had not lived near them when she was in her -- as the commercials say -- "formative years."
On the other hand, in today's world, technology can help. Your children can communicate with your parents almost daily if they want, via e-mail, texting, Facebook, Skype, whatever. Video chatting, especially, can allow your parents to watch your children growing up even when they are thousands of miles away. And, of course, worldwide travel is easier and less expensive than it has ever been, which means that you can go to see them, or they can come to see you, on a regular basis.
So, being far away does not mean that you are as separated as you were even just a decade or so ago.
Good luck, whatever you decide.