Being Away from The Family

Being away from the family sucks especially during festive times like the upcoming Ramadan. All my life except for the year I spent studying abroad I lived near my family and I have a big family from both sides of my parents.

I can say I’m lucky because I’m close with both sides of the family – I’ve seen people who are only close with one side, or even not at all. I know when I decided to move this is one of the things that I’m going to deal with, but still when it’s happening it’s not as easy as it seems.

Technology helps a lot, really. I can’t imagine what it used to be like for the people that moved abroad in the pre-internet days. I call my mum almost every day through whatsappย call and although we don’t talk much, but my cousins and I are connected through social media so I can still see pictures of my nieces and nephew ๐Ÿ™‚

I was already away during Christmas Eve and New Years and that’s when my mum’s side of the family gathers a lot, at least I got to have a video call session and greeted everybody a Merry Christmas from afar. Nowย Ramadan is coming, I’ll miss familyย iftaarย sessions, and also the Ied gathering and the food! OMG.

I know I shouldn’t be complaining because in fact, I am lucky to have a family here too, and who am I kidding, Indonesian food can be easily found here in SoCal. But being away with the family that you spent most of your life with is….. not easy.

I still don’t know when I’ll be able to come home but I am hoping that my mum and brother will come and visit me at the end of this year. Anyway, this post is rather meaningless as I’m rambling… but being away from the family makes me think of the what-ifs. What if I spent more time with them before I left? Will I miss them less?

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18 thoughts on “Being Away from The Family”

  1. Peluukk Christa. Tetap semangat yaa. Selalu sedih memang kalau menjelang lebaran dan hari raya jauh dari keluarga. Rindu kebersamaan dan makanannya. Tahun ini akan jadi tahun ke empat Ramadan dan lebaran jauh dari keluarga.

    1. Pelukkk Deny.. Makasih yaaa. Aku lagi siap2 mau puasa, lagi bikin bahan belanja, mengatur menu saur dan buka puasa, ehh malah jadi homesick kangen keluarga. Nggak kerasa udah tahun ke empat ya Den, time flies banget! semoga Ramadan tahun ini lancar yaa untukmu dan keluarga disana ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Aku pun sedih tiap CNY tiba cuma bs ngiler liat makanan dan post2 orang di IG yg lg pd kumpul keluarga besar… uda 5 kali CNY sejak married ga ada di kampung halaman.. entah kapan bs CNY an bareng keluarga lg ๐Ÿ˜… *nasib di rantau yaa*

    Tp jaman skrg lumayan teknologi udah canggih, seengganya masih bs video call ๐Ÿ˜„ Semangaaaaat ๐Ÿ’–

    1. Iyaa Phii.. untung banget udah ada video call jadi masi bisa ngeliat dan ngobrol juga walau jauh… duh gak kebayang sih kalau jaman dulu, lebih berat pastinyaa

  3. Awww I bet you miss them a lot. Even though nowadays Indonesian food are easily found abroad I think it’s different when you have it with your family. And yes we are now blessed with easier technology to connect with your loved ones but I can imagine how you are missing them especially near big celebrations like Christmas and Ramadan. Hang in there Chris, sending you lots of hugs and love xxx

  4. Yup, being away from our parents’ family really sucks. I can see that.

    Tetap smngat ya, mbak Christa. At least, you stlll can call them by phone or video call.

  5. Untung sekarang ada teknologi yang memudahkan yah Ta, trus makanan Indonesia juga bertebaran eheheheee (jd ngiler kepengen ketupat)
    Yang terpenting kan udah bareng sama R keluarga baru dan keluarga kecil kalian….semangat yah Ta ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

    1. Hehehe iya ini bittersweet jadinya, kangen keluarga di Indo tapi seneng juga disini ada keluarga baru.. yah namanya juga hidup yaa hihihi plus minus ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. emang… paling berasa kalo lagi hari2 besar dah… apalagi kalo ngeliat foto2 di socmed dimana orang2 pada ngumpul sama keluarga besarnya… gigit jari dah… ๐Ÿ˜›

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