Watching family members leave; how bittersweet

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I’ve had to deal with a lot of relocations in the past, starting with our family moving from one community to the next.

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It doesn't seem like a big deal when you're a teenager, but it really is. You're sort of losing close contact with one group of friends (even though you will see them in school everyday) but at least you're gaining close contact with another.

When I was 18, I left the province of my youth — Newfoundland — and moved back to the province of my birth, Ontario.

I moved a lot in the past 25 years, even from one region to another on the very last move. But the hardest moves of all for me have been some of my family members moving back to the province. Even though I am so happy for them, I am sad too.

We didn't see each other every day but it was the thought of being able to see them every day that was important. Having them here with us made me feel that when we get together for special occasions we can celebrate our Newfoundland traditions and keep them strong.

A dear uncle, aunt, cousins and their families moved home a few years ago and even though I keep in contact with them on social media and see them in person every two years, I still miss them so much.

I had to say goodbye to my dear beautiful nieces last night who are moving home with my sister-in-law and it breaks my heart. Even though I know this is the best thing for them to be able to finish growing up in Newfoundland, I will miss seeing them whenever I could.

Girls, you know how much I love you and that will never change, no matter how far apart we live.

— Celeste Delaney-Loughrey is a former resident of Northern Bay. She now resides in Ajax, Ont.

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Ontario, Northern Bay Ajax

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  • Celeste Delaney-Loughrey
    April 01, 2014 - 21:28

    Thank you for posting and publishing-it means a lot :)