I have quite a few friends that have separated and then divorced and opted to live super close to one another so that their children can move freely between the two homes. It’s probably really excellent for their emotional development and surely can make shared custody easier.
My parents split up more than twenty years ago. For the most part, I can say that I am used to it by now. But you see, they lived almost 800 miles apart. It made seeing them both around holidays pretty challenging. My dad was more than 500 miles away from me and my mom was a little shy of 300.
This morning I drove the 1.2 miles from my house to my dad’s so that I could say hello. And then I ran from my dad’s house to my mom’s (almost finished) house via mostly the road and through downtown.
I ran back to my dad’s house via the River Walk (the scenic route, I suppose, although I would argue that downtown is pretty scenic, too.)
It’s not walking distance. But I plan to run.
I am 43 years old, almost 44, and my mom and dad are going to live right down the street. Both of them. I can’t even begin to explain how happy this makes me. It should make their shared custody of me much easier.