I Moved Closer to the Family Members Who Care About Me

Around five years ago, my aunt and uncle decided to move north to be closer to my aunt’s mother. Her mother was 80 and living alone. I was really close to my aunt and uncle, and they made me promise that I would visit them once they were settled in. During that same visit, I started looking for apartments in Edina MN because I decided that I wanted to live there, too. It came as a surprise to me, but seeing them again made me realize just how much I missed them. Not everyone is as lucky as I have been with relatives who step in when your own parents are not very good parents.

Both my mom and my dad are alive, however, they both have a lot of issues. My dad ditched used when I was just a toddler. My mom took care of me until my teens, and then she started to disappear often. She began spending more time with her friends and many different boyfriends. By the time I was eighteen years old, I really didn’t see too much of her. It made me sad, but I did the best I could to keep pushing and doing well in life. That is when my aunt and uncle stepped in and becoming the great source of support that I needed.

When I knew that my trip to Minnesota was coming to an end, it felt quite bittersweet. I mentioned this to them, and they both pointed out that it would be good for them if I moved there permanently. My uncle offered to pay my rent for six months if I agreed to move. I could not say no to that! Before I left, we went apartment hunting to find something that I would like. I found a place that is just down the street from their home. After that, I flew back home, quit my job, packed up my old apartment and moved across the country within that same month.