Distance means nothing when it comes to family

I think I'm pretty lucky when it comes to my family. Although, like most Latin families, we have our screaming fights and disagreements, there is one place that I know I will always be able to count on my family: when it comes time for me to move, no matter how far away they live.

I never knew how unique this was until a lot of my non-Hispanic friend really didn't have the same experience. It's not that their family didn't help them when it came time for moving day, it's just that mine consistently traveled 1,300 miles to help me move from one apartment to another--even when that meant traveling more than once a year.


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I guess you could say that it all started in college, when my parents loaded up the car and drove me from south Florida to my new life in New York City. Since then, my mom came up every May and September to help me pack, put my things in storage over the summer, and then move me into my new dorm in the Fall.

When I got my first apartment, she continued to do the same: coming up year after year as I moved from one apartment to another. My brother sometimes came up with her, too, and one year (when I moved twice in a four-month period due  to a terrible roommate situation) my entire family came again. And they did the same thing when I moved into the apartment I'm living in now.

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Have I moved a lot? Yes, definitely. Am I kind of exhausted? Absolutely. That's why I'm FINALLY staying put—at least for a little while. Does that mean that my family's helping me less? Definitely not! After two years in my current apartment, my mom came up once more to help me rearrange my furniture. To be honest, that single task was probably the harder than all of my packing-and-moving combined.

Perhaps one day I should seriously settle into a house and just stay there but in the meantime, it's nice to know that my family will always be there for me—even as I ask them to move my couch for the 15th time.

Has your family always been there for you when you went through big life transitions? Share with us in the comments below!

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on Jul 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I also move a lot and I can tell you that the distance doesn't bother me anymore. Sure I miss my mom a whole lot and my mother in law but I've just grown usr ed to not having her around.  I look forward to seeing her in the future but I am not expecting her to arrive here.

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on Sep 18, 2012 at 7:32 AM
My family has definitely been there for me when needed regardless of the distance.
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on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM


Yes they have,

and I am truly grateful for all that they've done for me.

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on Sep 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Yes my family has always been there for me, They even flew out to Germany to help with my first son than traveled to texas several times to help me move. I love our family bond :)

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on Sep 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Yes, my family has. Like you I've also seen where this doesn't carry over into other ethnicities. My husband is non latino and he's family has never offered to help with any of a move.

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