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Far From Home

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Having returned not long ago from a 4000-mile, three-week family trip, we’ve seen our fair share of license plates. In our part of rural Texas, we see mainly other Texas plates, with an occasional out-of-state plate from Louisiana or Oklahoma. But in the Northeast, our destination for this trip, seeing another Texas plate was rare. We took an overnight camping trip to Maine while on our trip, and seeing another Texas plate in the campground was really exciting. We felt an instant bond with the other Texas family that had made the long haul north. The further away you are, the more exciting it is to see someone from home.

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Travel Expenses

Since moving here three months ago, both my in-laws and my own parents have been here to visit. Twice each, in fact. Now, please understand that this isn’t a half hour drive. We are 1750 miles and 1300 miles away from them, respectively. So coming here is no small task. It requires either a two to three day drive or an airplane flight. Depending on circumstances, there may be a rental car and hotel stay involved. It requires planning ahead and making arrangements for being away, sometimes even getting off work and losing income while one is away. It’s not at all convenient, and it’s expensive. But both our families have already made the trip twice, and my dear friend, who has a broken leg, just made the trip with her family, braving bad weather and treacherous roads to serve as godparents for our newest child’s baptism. So of course the question is why? Why would anyone go to such lengths and spend so much money just for a couple days or a week-long trip? And as anyone who has made such arrangements before can tell you, the answer is really quite simple. The answer is love.

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