My name is Jake Buchanan. I am 21 years old and this will be my 6th year without seeing the majority of my family. I am from Nova Scotia, Canada. I currently live in Virginia, USA though, My parents got divorced when I was very young and my Mom moved to Virginia when i was about six years old. I was a mommas boy so of course i could not help myself and had to move with her. My dad was very understanding and my parents had an agreement to let my brother and I decide where we wanted to live with no questions or problems. My older brother was much closer to our dad so he stayed with him and went to school in Canada. From than on I went to Canada almost every Summer to see my dad, brother, and the rest of the family. This was by far my favorite part of every year. I will admit that because of my young age and how i started getting use to living here in Virginia, i did get homesick once in awhile but seeing my Dad was amazing. He was always a role model to my brother and i, just like how most kids look up to their parents. I did not quite understand when i was younger what it cost to travel all the way to Canada and back here to Virginia, whether it was flying with a round trip ticket or my mom and step-dad driving the 1200 miles one way and than driving 1200 miles back, either way it was very expensive. Especially since my parents made slightly below average salary/wages. When i started my freshman year of high school i had to get a job so i could afford a car and anything else i wanted/needed to buy for myself. Ever since i got my first job and went to school , I did not have enough time during the summers to see my family. I either did not have enough money or any time and it killed me not to be able to see my dad. Every year after that there always seemed to be some problem that kept me from being able to go to Canada.
Finally this year i have talked to my place of work and they are letting me take some time off so i can go. I am waiting on my passport to come back from getting it renewed. I have been trying to save as much as i can but i am far behind. I work as a server so the money is not always promising. Any type of help would be incredible, i would be more thank thankful.
I appreciate everyone for just reading what i wrote. It means a lot to me no matter if i only get 5 dollars, it will be more than what i have now.