A few weeks before Christmas I realized that John's yearly camping trip and his work related trip to Vegas fell right on top of each other. Which, meant that he was going to be gone for 8 straight days.
I was annoyed.
But I didn't want him to skip his camping trip because he loves it and it's the one time of year he gets to spend with the guys.
But still I was annoyed. Two days after New Years he would be off for over a week of fun and I would be in dreary Jersey packing away Christmas decorations and chasing a toddler.
I was telling this all to my mom who had the perfect solution. Her, Jackson and I would go to Disney World while John was away.
It was perfect and yet I was unsure. We had just been to Disney in October.
It seemed excessive to go back and especially right after the holidays. It seemed to hectic and too expensive.
It felt rushed and unplanned and quite honestly it would be January and all I want to do in January is crawl under a blanket and wait for spring.
Just thinking about it caused me anxiety. Traveling with Jackson, without John and then making the return trip home by myself because my mom would be meeting up with my Dad in Florida and staying for the winter.
But my mom was persistent.
And John couldn't believe that I had to think about it. "You should go" he kept telling me.
I explained all of this to a friend at work. She is one of those people who you know is wiser than you, who can give you perspective. Someone who's words I know come from a good and sincere place.
And she looked me in the eye and said, "Your mom is here, you should go".
She was right.
My mom is here and Jack is not in school and I don't work (much). This could be the one time in my life where I could just pick up and go away.
And I've never heard anyone say, "I regret going to Disney World".
I had to go. There was no reason not to. Some day I will work again, some day Jack will be in school, or god forbid my mom won't be here to do this with.
Some day I won't be able to travel on a moments notice.
So I booked the flight and we went. Cause as the kids these days say, "you only live once".
And I was right no one says they, "regret going to Disney World".