In a little over two months I'll be flying to Orlando to meet up with some amazing moms. We're strangers, yet I feel as though I already know them all because we have two significant things in common: (1) we have children who fall somewhere on the autistic spectrum and (2) we are devoted fans of all things Disney (but mostly Walt Disney World). We've been plotting and planning our Moms Getaway for weeks and it's shaping up to be a fabulous weekend trip! It's hard to stop dreaming about going back to my Laughing Place.
Of course, there's a catch. I can think about the trip all I want but I have to stifle the urge... and trust me, the urge is strong... to blather on and on about our plans when I'm at home. You see, this is something of a covert operation. If my son, Billy, knew that I was planning a trip to Walt Disney World without him.... oh brother! He would not be happy. He loves his Walt Disney World! I'm sure lots of parents would feel a certain amount of guilt leaving their child behind, but I have more to consider than simply disappointing my boy.
One of the more challenging autistic behaviors that he exhibits is the tendency to obsess over things. If he ever found out about this trip he would commence firing with a barrage of:
I go to Disney! I go to Disney! I go to Disney! I go to Disney! I go to Disney!
...and it would not stop. I would hear this from the moment he woke until the minute he finally closed his eyes at night. It would be the psychological equivalent of water boarding... and it would torture us both. Yes, I am planning a family Disney trip for December 2011, but those plans aren't completely solid. It would be foolish to attempt to placate him with that. What if, as is common, plans fell through? I would be in deep, deep doo doo...
And so, to protect us both I must keep mum. I must squelch the desire to shout, "I'm going to Disney!" whenever I think of my impending trip. I will explain it as... a business trip.Mommy's going on a business trip...
(That's not entirely untrue. I'm doing important research. For the book.)
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