My parents are in town this week, which is always....just....HEAVEN. I recently heard about a study on loneliness, performed by some researchers at Harvard, in which different groups of people were asked to fill in this sentence. "I love my mother, but....."
And overwhelmingly, Americans said "...she drives me crazy." Or something along those lines. But more than 90% of Asians--just about ALL of them--said, ".... I could never repay her for all she's done for me."
Isn't that interesting?
I would complete the sentence this way, "I love my mother (parents), but wish we lived closer."