Out of the last 32 years, my husband and I have lived in the same town. We started out our life in a small trailer until the babies started coming and then bought our home where we have lived for 29+ years. When we put down our roots, they went deep!
We came close to moving out of state once, when the economy was bad, times were hard, my husband had been laid off, and we had a little one. I would say that we have been very blessed to be able to remain close to family and friends all these years.
No, I am not going anywhere (at least not that I know of!). I wouldn't even know how to begin to move if I had to - the whole process seems very overwhelming to me not to mention moving 29+ years of "stuff" - *shudder*!
From having grown children, sisters, a brother, nieces, nephews, parents and friends' children who have had to move due to jobs, life changes, etc., I know that it takes courage, perseverance stamina and a desire for a better life to start a new adventure, a new life, to dig up, transplant and put down your own roots sometimes at a great distance away from all those you love and know.
While we miss being with you, at least today we are not waiting for months or years for a letter, a word or sometimes never hearing from a loved one again. I love cell phones, Skype Facebook twitter, etc. It isn't the same thing as getting together in person as often as we would like, but at least we are still connected.
As you can tell I am feeling nostalgic tonight, as one more family member is moving away and I have a hunch that another one will be soon as well. Just know that no matter where you go, you will be missed, thought of and prayed for continually, and wished the very best happiness! And remember where you came from!