Ten years ago, we moved within four kilometers of my in-law’s house, and at the time the proximity was a huge benefit to Rob and me. As two working parents with young children, we needed a little help with childcare from time to time, and gratefully we were able to rely on his retired parents to assist us in shuttling the boys to and from school while the two of us were stuck in an office.
Over the past few years, the relationship has shifted somewhat and we no longer require their help with the kids. The older ones are old enough to get themselves wherever they need to go, and I work from home now so Matthew spends his days with me. However, living near Rob’s parents continues to be essential to our day to day life, only now it’s because they need our assistance more than we need theirs.