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This, I think, is what parents often seem not to understand when they pick up everything and move "closer to the kids."

In our case it was my oldest daughter who told us that a house was on sale right down the block from her sister. I called my youngest daughter and she made an appointment to see the realtor the next day to see the house. She loved the house and gave me a very detailed description of it. She approved. All she had to do was say she didn't think the house was for us and we would have looked elsewhere.
The decision to move to her town was huge. It's worked out very well so far. We love the town and we have not been intrusive into their lives.
My husband said he would love a farm but he also said he'd like to backpack in Spain. One can never tell with him! I know that my daughter is relieved to have us close by because her children were missing out on having any relatives around at all. They love us and we love them.
As long as us oldsters know the ropes, I think we can live close by our kids successfully but have to realize that they do have their own lives and we have ours.
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