I have advice for you: If you marry someone, you need to be sure that you are both committed enough to each other -- and to any future offspring -- to make it work, because separation is painful, to understate the sentiment.
In fact, it downright sucks large rocks through a garden hose.
It's worse if you've had kids.
...and it's even worse if you're still friends with the ex-. Not that I mind this -- it's a good thing, in my opinion. But it doesn't make it any easier to make the physical move. Even now, as I move my affairs in absentia, I find it quite difficult emotionally.
I suppose eventually, the pain goes away.
I just hope my kids don't grow to hate me because I've taken what I perceive to be a necessary direction in my life. They're such good kids, and I want the good things for them. At the same time, my life's not over yet, and I want to be able to enjoy at least some of what I have.
Hopefully this will not be a conflict of interest. I don't think it will be, but I suspect there are differing opinions.
If you have opinions on this, drop me a line and let me know how you feel.
Back in a while. And I have pictures of Linda which I will post when life settles down a bit more.