This concept of IRL EXP posts used to revolve around VG concepts, and I've lost sight of that for a while. So let's start over. (Restart?)
In Life, you start out with just you and your family. As you get older, your acquaintances become larger. Once you have established a regular "Party", you stroll though Life with these people, changing out as needed.
Not the same thing when you create your own Family. You own these minions for the next 18+ years, and They Own You right back. Which works fine for me, as I enact my Master Plan to create a tiny Army of Gamers!
Ellie was hooked early, watching Dad play some Halo and Assassin's Creed. Autumn followed suit watching me play League of Legends. Both play Minecraft, Splatoon, and Pokemon now. They even like Pokemon cards, which I can use to teach them about Magic: The Gathering. (Thief and Barbarian Joined!)
Emerson has mobile games on lock. He loves the "Where's My Water" series, and has expressed interest in Pokemon, along with actual Physical Sports. 50/50 deal, I'll take it. (Fighter has Joined!)
Nicole, my beautiful wife, hates Video Games. Well, not really. She has a purist taste when it comes to Gaming. Zelda series, Mario Party, and nearly any Health/Fitness game. That last one "doesn't count", as it helps her, and mine "keep me on my lazy butt". Oh, if only you knew. (Cleric has Joined!)
What of the baby? Well, DUH. Let the poor dude learn to walk first. Can't go messing with his fine motor skills if they haven't developed yet, you know? However, I have seen that, like a certain Auntie of his, he has a knack for Music... (A Bard Approaches?!)
"Cory feels Homesick."
I do not.
"Cory thinks about Home."
"Cory is thi-"
Whenever I'm home, my little demons run around the house for one reason or another. Nicole needs my help with chores, children, cleaning, or caring for herself. (She tries too hard, breaking/tiring herself out, and I nurse her back to health. Mainly because she thinks she can handle it herself.) So whenever I travel, I take the blessing of Silence and treasure it like the beautiful gem it is. (1-Player Game)
After a while, that gem is hard to deal with. The silence becomes deafening, to where I talk to myself to maintain sanity. (Oxymoron, Am I right? Probably not.) I see children cry and complain to their parental units, and I become jealous. I see a couple walk by, holding hands, and become sad to be away from my Lovie.
This day and age, I'm glad for Video Calls, but some days, even those just don't help. I've grown so use to the constant chaos that is my life. When I'm away, I feel Lonely. I just need to hug my kids. Have them depend on me for just a bit longer. I need to wash dishes, just to make things easier for my wife, who just had a bad day at work. Some days, I can't be there for them, and it slowly kills me inside.
Don't ever tell them that. As much as I miss everyone, I still have to make money. Them knowing would just make leaving harder. (You Earned 400 Gp! You became Homesick.) And Fuck these Earthbound references! That game messed with me, dude.