Living in a country away from home and away from most of your extended family is not easy. Especially when there are hardly any people from your country. And to make it suck more..when so many of your family members are scattered around the world. It's not easy.
However, i think it made me to a certain extent appreciate and understand the importance of family. To have them in your life. It also made my immediate family rather close. My aunt and uncle who live about 6 hours away are included in that immediate family. I've always tried to be in close contact with my cousins, second cousins but you know how it is..eventually i got fed up and stopped trying.
I know family may sometimes cause you grief and annoy you and make you want to kill yourself. But bottom line is they are usually all you have. When times are tough..when friends are gone..your family is there..at least i know i will be there for my family whenever they need me. And then of course there are friends who are exactly like your family.
I don't think extended families should actually live together..it causes and leads to too much conflict. But i mean when we grow up and leave our first homes to make our own, when it's just a blur of memories we will miss it and a part of us will want it back.
To la familia..