I am sitting on an airplane on my way back home from Florida after spending a week getting my mother settled in her new home.  With her recent move, this will be the first time in my entire life that I do not live within about 30 minutes of someone in my immediate family.

I have always lived near any combination of my father (who passed away in 2004), my mother, and my sister (who moved to Florida in August) so this is just…weird.

When my mother decided that she was going to move to Florida, my sister said to me, “why don’t you move down here too?”

My response was “I can’t, I haven’t found all our dead relatives yet.”

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