I broke open the champagne. Made the kids their favorite smoothies and announced, “We’re celebrating!” Dreamboat and I had carefully crafted an announcement that would appeal to the little ones (we are darn good marketers after all).
I started with, “Remember our recent family vacation to Asia, and what fun we had?” I smiled all goofily. “and remember how you keep asking to visit the Africa Mercy and help all those children get to see again and other people get their surgeries?” Who can resist the emotional pull of being part of little kids getting their eyesight? Right?
Dreamboat continued with “Well, how about if we go on vacation for a year?”
He rattled off the places we have in mind, and made sure to mention we’re considering a visit to Disney World for the East Coast/RV leg of the trip.
Miss O jumped up and ran to get the globe. She spun it in circles, rattling off places she wants to visit. That girl is JUST like her mama. G burst into tears and left the dinner table in distress, repeating “I want to stay home and go to school”. He is convinced he will have to start back in 1st grade upon our return. Peanut ignored us all and kept playing with his food. I know they need to adjust and grieve leaving in their own ways, but it wasn’t the fun celebration we’d hoped for. However, at breakfast the next morning, G announced, “I’ve decided I’ll go to Disney World and then stay home.” I think he’ll come around