Reading the RANDOM thread this morning I felt bad for Richmond Jake . He had to put his son on an airplane, ending what must have been a fun and emotional visit. Back to northern Idaho, if I remember correctly.
In the first three-quarters of the 20th Century, American families pretty much stayed in the same locales. In my family, on my dad's side, the entire family was scattered in metropolitan Toledo. On my mom's side, the entire (huge) family was centered in Toledo's Lagrange Street Polish neighborhood.
Family reunions, picnics, weddings, holiday celebrations meant piling in the car and driving a few miles.
How things have changed.
American families are more separated than ever before. Easy to list the reasons: We love opportunity and opportunity beckons at distant places.....divorce.....the lure of warmer and sunnier climes.....corporate transfers.
My younger brother is still in the Swanton, OH area. His children, adults now for more than a dozen years, are in the District of Columbia area. My older brother spent some years in Aberdeen, SD and then spent more than twenty (20) years in the far eastern suburbs of Cleveland, OH, teaching at Fairport Harbor, OH.
My cousins are scattered to places such as Connecticut, California, southern Indiana (Greater Cincy area), northern Detroit suburbs.
My son is in the planning stages to move his family to Portland, OR. Their move has been rescheduled to 2006, because of his wife's school schedule. (I will miss my grand-daughters!)
How scattered is your family?