those of you joining me from THE DISNEY FAITHFUL and to those of you just
hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail!
month we’re discussing our Disney Guilty Pleasures and mine is a doozy. I’m
talking about a true guilty pleasure
for a Disney-loving spectrum mom: a SOLO trip to Walt Disney World! That’s
right – no kids, no husband – just ME.
just me and a few hundred of my
closest on-line friends!
for this topic could not be more perfect because in less than 48 hours I will be jetting off to spend a glorious long weekend (sans family) celebrating the
30th anniversary of Epcot and the fabulous Food and Wine Festival!
excited about the trip, but it is definitely a two-sided coin. On the one side
there is the prospect of fun and fellowship with friends; bloggers, podcasters,
and other Disney fans with whom I interact regularly online. Some of them I
have met in person, but many I will be meeting for the first time. I can’t
the other side of the coin there is a certain amount of guilt involved with
leaving my family behind. Moms, you know
what I mean!
Yes, my kids
are older now and can do a lot for themselves and, yes, my husband will be
there to guide and protect them while I’m gone. But, still…
As many of
you know, my 14 year-old son, Billy, has autism and needs a significant amount
of prompting and assistance with both his personal care and his homework. In
many ways, it’s like having a 4 year-old in a 14 year-old body! I have not yet
told him that I will be going away because the resulting anxiety leading up to
the event would have a huge impact on his behavior, both at home and at school.
I’ve learned through experience that it is best to wait until the
anxiety-inducing event is imminent. Admittedly, I’m dreading sitting down with
him the day before I leave and explaining that Mommy will not be home for four
days and four nights! It’s so hard to see him get upset!
We will go
to the calendar and mark the days with a fat marker so he can visualize the
time. There will be Disney stickers for him to place over each date so he can
count down the days until my return. We will read a social story prepared with
the help of his teacher and behaviorist that will help him cope with the stress
by reinforcing positive behaviors. Last, but not least, we will pray – a lot –
for him, for me, and for his father and sister who will need to support him and
comfort him until my return.
You may be
asking whether this particular guilty pleasure of mine is worth all this. I’ve
asked myself that same question, believe me! In the end, I think that it is.
last year I had the opportunity to get away to my Happy Place not once, but
twice, and these brief periods of respite were extremely therapeutic for me.
The stresses of modern parenthood are many, especially for a special-needs
parent. The responsibilities of family, home and job can often seem
overwhelming. For me, having an occasional Disney getaway to plan and
anticipate goes a very long way toward maintaining a healthy state of mind.
I'll be hanging out with my friend, Liz, again this year!
go to a day spa. Others buy shoes. Still others run or go to the gym. Me? Every
so often I go to Walt Disney World solo to relax, refresh and rejuvenate my
spirit. That is my Disney guilty pleasure!
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