My mother in law has depended on the kindness of a niece and her husband who live close enough (an hour and a half or so) that they were able to do a lot of work on her house, and made a big difference in her quality of life.
Now they have decided to move over 1000 miles away to be with one of their grown children.
The move will take place sometime in 2012, I don't know when exactly. (hopefully it won't be before winter ends.)
I don't know how Bil will feel about this because I'm not sure exactly how aware they are of the extent of their kindness. But this is going to change their lives - and ours. Our tasks of being long distance caregivers are about to get a lot harder.
I don't know why I am surprised, because this was a logical move on their part. I'm glad they had the money to do this too. My mother in law doesn't.
It gives me a big chilly feeling, thinking about poverty in my old age. And Bil may well feel this too.
This year will not end on a good note for either of us-it's just that Bil doesn't know it yet.