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Preparing to Travel: Packing Day Jitters

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I am a planner; I over plan. Today Aspie Teen and I need to pack for our trip to Miami. We fly out tomorrow morning for our weekend attending the Reader’s Favorite Awards Ceremony, and to attend the Miami International Book Fair. I am sure we are going to have a great time, and I am looking forward to being able to spend a weekend with the Teen. We should have plenty of Mom and Teen time this weekend. (Even going to try and sneak away to see, Catching Fire on Friday)

I am nervous about leaving the other three kids, as I have never been away from them for an entire night—never mind an entire weekend. I have the Mommy jitters. I’m sad Hubby can’t attend with me because I would have really have loved to share this with him. Plus, he is a big book fan and this fair would have been right up his alley—and he is the social one; who will carry the conversations?.

Usually I plan every trip to death, but this one I have been so nervous about that I’m in procrastination mode. I only bought a dress two days ago, and have been stressed out ever since. I hate shopping for clothing, but worse I worry that I will be dressed “incorrectly.” I worry I will be over-dressed, or under-dressed, or my stockings will ripe (they probably will), or I will fall going on or off the stage (has happened before).

I was also procrastinating because this is a highly social event and I worry that the Teen and I will sit in a corner by ourselves, or at a table all alone feeling out of place. Usually this is not the case, but I always really worry about social events before they occur. I cannot procrastinate any longer I must pack—I leave tomorrow!

It’s going to be a hard trip for me. I fear being away from the boys and not being able to hop in the car and get to them in ten minutes. I do not like to fly, in fact, I haven’t since 2001, and the Teen was 3 years old then. We are very nervous about getting on the plane—trying to ward off the panic here!

I am sooo not ready.

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Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.