'Distance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder' Applies To Family Too
Start writing a post

'Distance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder' Applies To Family Too

It is important not to forget your family when you go because you don't really know how important they are until they aren't just a five-foot walk down the hallway away.

'Distance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder' Applies To Family Too
Caitlin Johnston

I grew up with three brothers. We got along for the most part, but there was one brother in particular that I just couldn't seem to stand sometimes. And the feeling was mutual.

Maybe it was the small age gap between us and that we were the two in the middle. Whatever it was, we were constantly bickering. It ranged from who got control of the remote to who got to drive to school. Looking back, I feel bad for the rest of my family and some friends that had to deal with our immaturity.

Since I was a year older, I left for college before him and he stayed at home finishing up his high school years. We didn't really talk while I was away, and I was too caught up in my long distance relationship to pay attention to my family. He never reached out to me and I never reached out to him.

I do remember, however, coming home for my first break after being gone for over two months and seeing him for the first time. I just knew something had changed. Normally, his face would be a trigger for my annoyance but now it was a trigger for the homesickness I didn't know I had.

For the rest of my freshman year at college, we still didn't talk that much. I was away for the entire semester, not coming home for spring break, and besides the happy birthday text I sent him in March, we rarely communicated. The summer I came home, he started to prepare to head to university himself. We bonded over what to pack, what to buy, and how classes are.

When he left, it was actually sad! I was so surprised. He left a week before I did and I felt his absence more than I thought I would. And this whole year so far, we have talked more than I ever thought we would.

When he was going through a break with his girlfriend the first semester we talked on the phone forever and I sent encouraging text messages.

When he was stressed about academics or needed advice on anything girl or college related he FaceTimed or called me.

And now, going through my own breakup, he is constantly reminding me of my worth and how happy I will be on the other side of the pain.

Normally, when thinking about the phrase 'distance makes the heart fonder' I thought about me now ex-boyfriend. When really, quite the opposite happened and hear I am leaning on someone I never thought I would. And here he is asking me for advice about classes and life and college.

It is important not to forget your family when you go because you don't really know how important they are until they aren't just a five-foot walk down the hallway away.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Dear College Students, Are You Undecided?

Up until last week, I always had a major. I was an international business major, finance major, psych major on the pre-medicine track… and now (finally) I am exactly where I should have been when I started college: undecided. I think there is too much pressure as a high school student to have a designated path about what you want to study, be when you 'grow up' and essentially spend the rest of your life doing. As an 18-year-old, I really feel like I tried to pin myself down to a major so that I had a set path to follow and something to look towards. This is probably very conventional and I know tons of people at school who have their minds made up about what they want to study.

Keep Reading... Show less

Life Is Messy

Finding who you are in your 20s

Life Is Messy

I am 25 years old and just now learning who I am. When I separated from my husband I was terrified of what would follow. I did not know who I was outside of a relationship, nor did I know how to be on my own. It was scary, and I was so lost. I spent months discovering who I was, and what I wanted to be. I am still searching as I believe we never truly know who we are even when we "grow up". I came to the realization that I had been hiding a part of myself for my entire life. Coming out was not easy, growing up in the church made it scary, and hard. I was told growing up that being anything but straight was such a sin, and that i would spent my life in hell because of it. I came out to my parents when I was 25 years old. I picked up the phone and called my mom, and uttered the words "I'm queer" through tears. I knew my parents would be supportive, but that didn't make it any easier for me to vulnerable and raw. Since then, I have slowly started being more authentic in who I am, and not hide parts of me just because of people's shitty opinions.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

Ask your best friend these basic questions to see just how well they know you.

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

My best friend has been in my life since we were 3 years old, now that we are adults now, I'd like to ask her these questions to see how well she knows me.

Keep Reading... Show less

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments