Monday, March 14, 2011

Victory for the Home Team

Sometimes Curtis and I play this game with our's called "Try and Convince All Our Siblings To Move To Alaska To Be With Us". Before we lived here, our extended family from back home played it with us. This is how it works:

Tactic 1: Send text messages (often with pictures, for maximum effect) whenever "the family" (minus absent member(s)) is doing really fun things like eating out at local places, attending sporting events, or participating in traditional rituals.

Tactic 2: Make comments whenever absent members are visiting about how great it would be if we could hang out/do things like this ALL THE TIME.

Tactic 3: Try and find job opportunities for absent members to convince them that surely the set-up up here would be better than where they are at.

Now obviously some of this is done in jest, and we all recognize that there are totally legitimate reasons why our siblings may live in other areas of the country. With that said, this month we are celebrating victory. My entire family will all be living in the same city for the first time since 2001 once my sister arrives back in the homeland to start her new job at the end of the month.

Obviously Alaska is not perfect, especially since mid-March looks JUST LIKE mid-January, and is so far from spring it's not even funny. And yet, there is no place like home.

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