back to top

23 Things You'll Understand If Your Family Live Far Away

"CAN YOU HEAR ME?" "Yes Grandma you don't need to shout."

Posted on

1. You either grew up in a different country from the rest of your extended family.

2. Or you bravely up and left to distant lands on your own, leaving your family behind.

3. Either way, long-distance calls are a HUGE part of your life.

Channel 4

4. In the '90s this mostly meant using these call cards.

5. Which meant you had to dial about a million digits just to make one call.

20th Century Fox Television

6. And you would get that awkward bit where you all have to pass around the phone.


So that every combination of family members would get a chance to wish each other whatever reason it is you're calling each other for.

7. Now, you're reliant on Skype.

8. Which means at least 10 minutes at the start of every conversation consisting of nothing but "Can you see me? Am I moving?"

Remee Patel / BuzzFeed

9. Actually scheduling those Skype calls is an issue in itself.

20th Century Fox Television

10. And your older relatives are probably convinced that they need to shout in order for you to hear them.

11. And are unaware at what distance they should hold whatever device they're using from their face.

12. Basically, you spend most Skype conversations explaining how to use Skype.

USA Network / TNN

13. Every big event requires you to schedule some time to give and receive calls.


Skyping every grandparent so they can wish you well and ask you when you're getting married is a birthday tradition.

14. You've probably gotten really good at figuring out time differences.

Paramount Pictures

Although you still occasionally wake your grandparents up in the middle of the night if you've been rubbish and forgot to call earlier. Even if it's only 4pm your time.

15. But it gets super difficult when you take into account that not every country adjusts their clocks to summer/winter time.

20th Century Fox

So in the winter there is a six hour time difference, in the summer it's five.

16. And if you get a phone in the middle of time you know it's probably your grandma, who forgot she lives in a time zone six hours ahead of you.


At least it means you have someone you can always call in the middle of the night, too.

17. Every summer you have to make the difficult decision between visiting them or going somewhere new for your holiday.


It always feels like you've made the wrong decision.

18. And if you visit, it has to be for a SIGNIFICANT PERIOD OF TIME.


A week or two isn't sufficient time to catch up.

19. Sending gifts to your family probably costs more than the gifts themselves.

20. You've come to accept that no S.O. will ever get to meet your grandparents unless they're really fucking special.


Or if they have enough spare cash and free time laying about to travel halfway across the world.

21. You sometimes get jealous of people who live close to their extended family and can have big family gatherings.

NBC / Via

22. Other times, you only feel relief that you don't have to put up with so much inevitable family drama.


23. But being so far away from them ensures that you never take time with them for granted.

Fox Network