6.26.2008

Quandry

I love my family. Tremendously.
Most of my family lives in the Midwest or on the East Coast.


I have come to adore Portland. This Portland's on the west coast.
Sigh.

20 comments:

JanelleGrace said...

I keep thinking I would like to move to Portland, but I also don't want to leave here.

HG said...

I know this pain. I just returned from visiting my brothers in Florida. We are all tight and I miss them like crazy. I'm even considering trying to convince the HP to move to FL (he HATES FL and I'm not overly fond of it either) just to be closer to them.

Of course that would put us farther from the HP's family and our friends. Feh.

shari said...

the west coast is lovely isn't it, but i completely understand your quandry. my entire family and many of our friends are in the south...which, right now, seems a long way from new england (even though they are on the same coast). xoxo

amy said...

that is tough. i am very close to my family, but fortunately they live only three hours away. however, with gas prices that doesn't seem to be all that close.

Anonymous said...

Your family loves you, Tremendously!!!
We live in the Midwest, and you live in
Portland. The West Coast Portland!
Big SIGH!!!!!.....dad

Dog Gone said...

It is hard, but nothing has to be forever. I say, enjoy the adventure- the different sights, sounds & smells, to the fullest while planted west. See where the life takes you. It's good to experience many things while you're still relatively unfettered.

Kat - Taylor Made designs said...

I know what you mean. We have always wanted to move out west, but our family is here, on the east coast. Makes moving really hard – especially now that we have kids. I like that my kids know my parents and have a good relationship with them.

I say, listen to your heart :) You will know what to do soon enough.

Rachel said...

that could have been written by me. i feel you!

let's get coffee soon. i'll email you!

-rachel.
www.portlandspaces.net/blog/the-design-district

Mariss said...

Oh, sweet, Sulu. How I wish that we could cut up the map and re-arrange the states... No matter what you and Barry decide, everything will work out! Just because you may settle down in the other/possibly too far away Portland for now, does not mean life cannot change again. Nothing is certain!

Big hugs. (How did I become a commenter who says that?! I usually scoff at that type of comment. Dear Lord... ;)

Knitsonya said...

Oh Susan. Distance is hard. You feel torn and conflicted. No fun.

amandajean said...

yes, that is quite a quandry. I feel for you, dear. it is tough to be so far from family.

Mom said...

Dear Sweet Suzy,

We miss you and Barry, horribly, terribly, tremendously as do your two nephews and your niece. Who else but Nicholas would name his leopard gecko Suzy!

BUT we also want you and Barry to be happy and not feel pressured to make a move that you are not content with and feel that it is the right one for both of you. (That of course does not mean that I will stop sending you articles about places in Cleveland that I think might hold some appeal to the lifestyle that is attractive to you and Barry, but with no comment!)

Miss you and love you, Mom

ease between notches said...

Your parents are absolutely the the most adorable ever!! No wonder you miss your family so much, and of course they miss you!!!

I miss friends in Philadelphia desperately and they're only a couple of hours away. We're all so busy that we might as well live on opposite coasts. Sad but true. So you could be living in the east and still not see everyone as often as you'd like. Just a little food for thought. Although, geez, didn't mean to be such a downer!! I know you'll follow your heart and wherever that takes you will be the best place for you.

Chickenbells said...

oh. Sigh indeed...maybe it's time to take a little trip?

leya said...

hang in there, susan.

also, I'm pretty sure I remember that painted united states from when I lived in Pdx. Perhaps it's a different one, but I definitely remember one from a playground near my house. be well, leya

asphaltandair said...

you have such a big heart.
i can feel it in this post.
what a lucky family to have you as theirs (near or far away).

house on hill road said...

i hear you! mine are only 5 hours away, but it still hard to find the time to make the drive.

Maryanne said...

My kids, Tony and I miss you tremendously, too. Just remember that no place can possibly be everything for you and your reasons for wanting to live in a certain place will change over time. Enjoy what you have now (I know you are!) and know that nothing is permanent. You will know when it is time to either establish more permanent roots there or somewhere else. And I always remember the great line that dad used to say to me when I was wrestling with similar issues... "wherever you go, laddy, there you are."

Mrs.French said...

I feel you pain...but you already know that. The torn feeling doesn't go away, but the love for Portland will grow stronger...not really sure if that will make it easier on you or not.

Jessica said...

A post like this is why we have not moved to Portland (yet?) even though we talk about it practically every other day. Maybe someone can convince all my in-laws, my doctors, our employer (my husband and I share one), my friends and my mom's group to relocate?

Or...maybe we'll just keep paying rent here in the Bay Area.