When You’re The Sibling Who Left Home

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leaving home ain't easy

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But, kids do move away

It’s a complex dynamic that we may never completely figure out. I guess I thought my parents would be proud of me for being adventurous and brave enough to move away, and build a life for myself from scratch—no nepotism helping with jobs and no acquaintances introducing me to friends. I did it all on my own. Sometimes it angers me that, rather than getting praise for that, I get criticized for not being around enough. But, I can also see their point: my sister takes on a burden for two, since I’m not there.

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