“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” – Robert Burns
Our family has been anticipating a trip to Disneyworld for a few years now, as a graduation gift to Morgan. The actual planning began in February, with the help of Kingdom Concierge. They created a time line for each stage. There were some “must dos” on Morgan’s list, including breakfast with Cinderella, which had to be reserved six months ahead. Fast passes to popular rides and events were chosen two months before going. This was done to cut down on waiting times, so we could enjoy more of what the four parks have to offer. From maps to apps, there is a lot to navigate. Add autism to that mix, and we are talking NINJA – PLANNING. As Morgan would say, “Too many choices!”. But I knew the lack of stress, and extra smiles, on the vacation end would be worth it. Mom mission accomplished. Or so I thought.
One week beforehand, Hurricane Irma entered the picture. Flights, hotel reservations, Fast-Passes,… needed to be shifted a day, and re-booked, to be safe. DONE. Two days before traveling, while Disneyworld was shut down for the storm, all of our plans suddenly disappeared from the app. I spoke to our travel agent on Monday, one day prior to departure. We thought it was a computer glitch, but it turned out some human there had made an error, and canceled our whole vacation. Since Disney was still closed, running on a skeleton crew, our agent would have to call, and hopefully be able to rebook our hotel package, with Morgan’s expected Nemo suite, in time for us to check in.
Meanwhile, our daughter was totally unaware of all the chaos. All she knew was “Number 12” on her calendar said airplane to Disney. The morning of our flight, my husband and I woke up, poured some coffee, and pulled out our morning devotional to get our breath. We sighed, and even laughed, as we read the words pictured below. We said our prayers, and boarded the plane, now trusting the outcome to “His hands”. We landed, and received a text to get in touch with our agent ASAP. She had been on the phone, holding for six hours, because they needed our approval for booking. All that mattered to Morgan was back in place, including her requested Fantasmic Fast Pass for that evening. 🙂
We realize all of this was just a thread of inconvenience, compared to what people were going through in the storm. Life can be an eggshell walk for all of us at times. I plan to keep trusting and tap dancing on those egg shells, because life is about so much more than just getting by.
Until Next time,
Know The Hope!