Family Ties: The Closeness of Near and Far

One of the hard things about leaving NY was moving away from my brother and sister and their families.
But one of the surprises of coming back to New York–now that I actually live in California–is how rewarding it is to visit them when I come back to the city.
When I lived here, it was hard to get together, there was no time, we all had a million things to do.
Now that I am a visitor, I am a one time only offer, the schedules are cleared, and spending time together is a priority.
It is GREAT.
Who knew that going so far away would help bring us so close together?