I have been on an emotional rollercoaster lately, just the thought of what this trip signifies is like feeling my heart breaking over and over again; I find it so hard to hold back the tears at the mere thought of it all. I really hope I can hold it together without breaking down. And I hope I can handle the stares this week, the airport alone made me want to scream “What the hell are you staring at!”.
And the day has arrived, the long-awaited day where my family will get to celebrate a wish granted to our beloved Sophie by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The children have been ecstatic; I have been stressed to the brink as we counted down the final month, weeks and days to this much-anticipated event.
I received any our travel information three days prior to our departure date and I was really struggling to understand why it was left to the last-minute when this date had been decided months in advance. Communication with the wish coordinator did not leave much to be desired, it was as if she just did not care and I was bothering her.
We woke up at 5:30am, boarded out travel bus and headed to the airport almost two hours away from our home. We had to take connecting flights which would have been fine if it had not included the 5 hour layover between the connecting flights. Being stuck in an airport with seven kids is like trying to tame wild animals. They were bored, hungry and anxious; not to mention a bazillion people crowded around us it made me very stressed and Sophie very irritable. This whole process was supposed to be easy according to the wish coordinator but the process leading up to the actual trip was not. On several occasions I expressed to the coordinator the importance of keeping it simple because Sophie has many triggers and I wanted to try to avoid a meltdown but it felt like no one was listening.
We arrived safely at the airport and were welcomed by the sweetest man who guided us to our vehicle rental and sent us on our way to “Give Kids the World Village” where we were greeted by one of the volunteers who had a small gift for each of the kids and were taken to our two bedroom villa. We actually have two two-bedroom villas with a connecting room between them, it ROCKS! There are plenty of beds, four bathrooms and plenty of space. We ordered dinner since it was almost 9pm by the time we reached our villa and they delivered, so convenient and just what we needed.
I will be ready for day two after a good nights sleep and praying Sophie has a better day tomorrow, she has refused to eat almost the entire day. Bring on day 2!
Can’t wait to share what tomorrow will bring!