Family vacation is coming up and I must say the whole experience will be bittersweet. I am excited to get away to a cabin where we will have no cell reception or use of internet but I am also sad that this will be one of our last family vacations for awhile. We are heading to a cabin/lodge in Northern Minnesota for 3 days of quality family time.
Robby is starting college in less than a month and he will be busy adjusting and getting prepared so we will have to wait to have another one for who knows how long.
I still cannot get over the fact that once little Robby is so grown up. He will be living in the dorms and that means an empty house for my parents for the first time ever.
I am not sure how they are going to adjust to this but I keep telling them to try and look forward to it instead of being so sad. They do everything for us and my mom loves having us at home. She wants nothing more than to make our favorite foods and do family things together.
The good news is that we are all close by. I took this job to be closer to family and my sister Hana lives 15 minutes away. Robby is on campus about 45 minutes away but we are all within driving distance. It’s just the way life goes. Eventually everyone moves out and starts a life apart from parents. I think it’s extra hard on mine because in our culture family is everything. In Pakistan most kids don’t move out until they get married. Then most live in a joint family system where you live with in-laws. This may sound awful but it actually has some benefits and the family unit is extremely strong.
I think my parents might find some surprising perks from having an empty house- we will have to see.
They already have a more active social life than the three of us combined!
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This post was written by nchughtai on August 6, 2012