There are some unsettling changes coming to pass in my family that have been weighing on my mind. I talked with my brother about them yesterday I’m not sure how I can help. Maybe just trying to do a better job of keeping in touch for right now…
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I had to make a note of the quote that came up on the right side of the goal screen after I clicked Save:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” – Charles Dickens
Now I’ve got two new goals:
go on adventures in Pittsburgh
have fun in michigan
I am soooo not ready to make this trip, but I’m going to go anyways. At least I think I’ll make it out the door soon…
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I’m so glad that I made my trip to Montana last August, and got the chance to visit up close and personal with so many family members along the way.
But I confess that I haven’t been good since my return at keeping in touch long distance. And for a few important members of my family, the telephone and/or snail mail is still the only way to go in-between visits. I have good intentions, but not a lot of results to report, in my efforts to keep in touch.
Yesterday I did reach out and touch my niece and my mom by phone. And I did reach out to my niece thanks to an e-mail from my sister. I’m grateful I was able to make those connections, and I’m hopeful that I can keep reaching out at least a little more often.
And I think I may need to edit this goal to “Keep in touch with family and friends.” An old friend called last week, and I’m grateful that she’s keeping in touch with me, and I want to remind myself to return the favor.
I think I’ll try phoning my brother right now…
EDIT: Hmmmm, it told me that their was a problem when I tried to edit my goal.
...that is the question. It’s getting to be time for me to make some decisions about going to Livingston, MN for my niece’s wedding this summer. I’ve got some research to do. Getting to New Hampshire seemed like such an ordeal last summer, but now it seems like a piece of cake compared with going all the way to Montana.
I’ve got to find something and get it in the mail to my mom for her birthday!
...for the latest update on the travel plans for the Montana wedding trip.
I was sitting having coffee in the Dunkin Donuts this afternoon, and half the tables and most of the chairs were taken up by a large family that had gathered together because of an upcoming wedding. It reminded me of my family when we’re all able to get together. It also reminded me to call my mom tonight.
My niece is getting married in Livingston, Montana this summer. My mother and sister are thinking of taking a train. My BIL & his brother are riding out on their motorcycles. I don’t know yet who else is going and how, or whether to go myself. I’ve never been to Montana. Decisions, decisions…
He and I have made a commitment to talk at least once a month, but we missed November. I guess I’ll count this as December and call him at the end of January.
I’ve fallen off in all my family contacts since late November, and I could say it’s because of the busy holiday season, but that’s just an excuse. I was really making an effort during and after my trip last August, but I think I got burned out. No time like the present to re-commit myself to keeping in touch.
...on several fronts. I’ve been in touch via e-mail and phone today. I still haven’t got used to using facebook, though.
Note to self: Remember to send my sister a birthday card tomorrow.
I got to connect face-to-face with many of my family members on my recent visit, and that was a very good thing. It seems to make calling on the phone easier.
I also discovered more family members who communicate via facebook and e-mail, so I’ve found a new alternative to phone calls and letters for staying in touch.
The tricky part for me, as always, will be maintenance. Can I keep on keeping in touch on a regular basis? I managed to send several e-mails tonight, and to post a little bit on facebook. One of my relatives has fallen ill since I got home, and I’m touched that she is reaching out to keep me updated on her status.
Also, I got a care package from my mom in my snail mailbox today. She emphatically does not do computers! In spite of that, she does a better job of keeping in touch with family and friends than anyone I know. I think I’ll give her a call right now and thank her for the gift. :)