What I mean is, how would you feel if you moved away and didn't see your parents or siblings once over the course of twenty years? I would love to move abroad soon but the idea of not seeing them for that long would break my heart. These days this seems like something from a bygone era now. Young people seem to be staying closer to the nest or not moving out till later on at all. The idea of moving far away at say 17 and just not seeing your family again seems so alien to me. My Auntie left home at 14 and moved to England where she eventually raised a family, didn't see her mother for thirty years. I mean what are people who do this thinking? It seems almost animalistic, like how kittens grow up and don't even recognise who their mother was. I guess one of the reasons it bothers me is because when I was a kid my cousins were my best friends, my aunties and uncles used to pop around all the time. Then we moved to the country side and after the house warming parties I didn't see any of them again until we were all around 24. My last memory of them were as kids. I'd hate for something like that to happen to my closest family. Imagine leaving for 20 years then returning to find your mother in a wheelchair barely able to speak. While I'm sure plenty of people still do this, as I said above, I also think it must have decreased quite a bit. It seems like everyone in my Dad's generation fucked off to the UK and Denmark as teenagers for years on end without second thoughts. Most of the people I went to school with haven't ventured far from the nest. I was looking at the news here (in Ireland) a while ago and there was a sob story about how a twenty five year old might have to move out of his parents and go to Oz to get a job because of the recession. I'm not saying it's wrong to be at home at that age, because there are different circumstances for everyone. I just think it shows a sign of the times when mainstream media is encouraging 25 year olds to live with their parents, when back in the day they used to boot 13 year olds across the border in droves. In 1940 the reporter would have smacked him upside the head with an XXX whiskey bottle.