This last August, just before school started, I took the kids to on a two weeks family trip to Alberta. We have relatives living there, and thus we didn’t have to worry about the accommodation. My two cousins are living in Edmonton, and they have invited us countless to go visit them.
My cousins and I, we grew up together. We feel very connected to each other. They are more like my siblings than my cousins. This, because we have spent more than fifteen years together. We know each other's ins and outs.
After college, they applied for jobs in Alberta and they got hired right away. At that time, I wasn't ready to leave and start on my own. Probably, because I felt that my mom would be alone, and too proud to admit that, she would need some help. Therefore, I decided to stay in Montreal and look for a job here. A month later, I got hired and I was happy with it. The pay was lower than what my cousins were gaining in Alberta. But in the end, it was almost the same. They had cover rent, while I was still living in my mom's house.
Twelve years passed since they moved to Alberta, and during this time, we have seen each other only twice. And that was on two unfortunate family events: my aunt's funeral and later on my mom’s. Other than these two times, we saw each other only on Skype.
Our children never met face to face. They have always spoken to their cousins on Skype. I wanted that they get a chance to know each other better and get close as we were. That's mostly why I insisted that we go visit them this year.
Thus I bought the tickets and we flew to Edmonton. It was such an emotional moment for me to be reunited with my family. Seeing our kids bonding in real life meant a lot for all of us. During the entire length of our stay, my cousins have pampered me and the kids from sunrise to sunset. Gosh, it felt good to feel the family around!
My cousin Delia took one week off work in order to take us around and show us the city and not only. She revealed it was difficult for her to leave the office in such a busy month, especially then when they got most of the contracts for the park paving Edmonton.
Being a morning person, I woke up daily around 6 AM. That's when I went down to the kitchen and saw that Delia was already there, waiting for me with a cup of fresh coffee. It was just like back in the days when we all lived under my mom's roof and we would have our morning gossip before going to class. Boy, I miss those times! No worries, no mortgages, and an entire life ahead of us!