I'm a wife, mom to two kitties, housekeeper, a family member to my husband's kin and an administrative assistant at my office job. These roles take time and each have their own responsibilities, all of which are important to me. If I lived nearer to my immediate family, being a daughter, a sister, an aunt and cousin would involve more of my life, so I cram those roles into short periods when I go "home." And then there is taking care of myself: sewing, naps, meals, knitting, and surfing on the computer. It's been seven days since I switched on the sewing machine. I miss my role as a seamstress!