They say that having a kid is like watching your heart run around outside of your body.

I don’t have any children myself, but I can see how that could hold true.

What, then, is it like to know that your heart is not only outside your body, but a long, long way away? What’s it like to be apart like that, and how does it happen?

These anonymous parents tell all.

10. 2,000 miles away

That’s a long, long way to go.

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9. It’s about the timing

It’s also not their business.

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8. The excitement!

Time to visit grandma.

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7. Up the chain

Well this is certainly an unexpected reversal.

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6. The Summer days

Such a long time to wait.

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5. Distance

It makes the heart change in ways, that’s for sure.

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4. Flaking out

What if I don’t just take myself down, but her as well?

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3. Face time

How do you explain it to them? How to you reach them through that distance?

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2. The life

“She deserves everything I never had.”

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1. Full time

You can’t help anyone until you can help yourself.

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It’s never easy to be apart, even when you know it’s for the best. Here’s to everyone struggling with this right now, you’re shouldering a burden that few others would understand.

Have you experienced something like this? Either as a parent or a kid, recently or in the long past?

Tell us about it in the comments.