When I told my significant other, Donald, my sister was planning to come visit us for Spring break and had just confirmed the dates the other day, he said to me, “I guess you do not want to go to Arizona then.’ Excuse me, where did that idea come from? This is the first I have heard about a possible trip to Arizona during spring break. In Donald’s defense, it was also the first time he had heard of my sister coming for Spring break, and I had known for weeks.
You do not need to ask me twice to go on a trip to Arizona. The answer will almost always be yes. How dare Donald dangle out a trip to Arizona when I already have plans. Sixty or 70 degrees is way better than the 30 or 40 degrees we have in Colorado Springs in March. I would have so been in if I had not already made plans with my sister. As much as I would like to be warm, I would rather chat with my sister and get her to do tons of clutter clearing. Although, if I had known Donald wanted to go to Arizona sooner, I would have asked my sister to come a different week, so I could have both experiences.
When my sister called me back the same day and cancelled her plans, I was very disappointed; however, I still had a trip to Arizona in my back pocket. My older daughter, Megan, is also planning a trip to both Arizona and California, and she is waiting for confirmation the event she was planning to attend in California has been postponed. I told Megan we could take an extra day more than Donald was planning, and she could ride with us to visit family and friends in Arizona.
I have a niece in Tucson, and Megan has a friend in Phoenix. Donald wants to visit Phoenix to check out a hobby shop owned by a man he follows on YouTube. I think it is a great idea for us to go on a family vacation (since Florida is probably out of the realm of possibility). We can spend two days in Phoenix, two days in Tucson, and then Megan can fly to California to visit my brother and sister in law for a couple of days. Megan could the fly back to Denver or Colorado Springs. Megan would get her annual friends and family visits, and the rest of us could have a few nice days in the warm Arizona sunshine.
I feel safe to travel. We have a big cooler to pack drinks and snacks in for the long drive, so gas and potty breaks will be all that is needed. Convenience stores in New Mexico and Arizona are not going to be any germier than Colorado, and I stocked up on disinfecting wipes near Christmas when they were on sale. We will stay in a hotel, and we can visit with my family in their yard or a nearby park. I would not expect my niece’s house to be wheelchair accessible, and it will not be too hot to hang outside (hopefully it will not be too cold to hang outside).
I told Donald we could make our final decision to go on Friday since there have been reports of closures across the country. On Friday, Donald will call the hobby shop to make sure they will be open the next week. I know Donald only wants to go to Arizona to visit the hobby shop, and I only want to go to Arizona to say hi to my family and enjoy a little warmth in March.
Megan has been driving a little out of her way to visit her friend and her cousin for a day since she started going to an annual personal development event a few years ago. Megan stops in Arizona on her way to the event and then spends a couple of days after the event with my younger brother and his wife after the event. Megan will be very disappointed to miss her event, but she could still connect with family and friends.
My piece of advice to you is to improvise. Life is not always kind to us, and we are responsible for making the best out of a bad situation. Ask for help when you need it. I cannot give you what you need if you do not tell me how to best to be there for you.
Until next time,
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