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Spring Break – Autism on the Road

Want to go on a journey? How long has it been since I’ve taken you guys along? Last April we hit Universal Studios in Orlando, new Harry Potter world attractions, and Hogwarts Express! I adore Harry Potter world, and I wanted to go back (that and my season passes had not yet run out from last year and I really really wanted to squeeze another vacation out of them!). So, Mom wanted magical wands, palm tress and pina coladas next to the pool. How did I wind up on the road in a a RV with a family of 8 camping and shovering poo water out of the clogged-up RV toilet???

This is what happened…


Apparently the only one who wanted to go back Universal was me! Ok, and Tommy– he wanted to go! Who if he yells how many more minutes left from the back one more time I am going to scream!!! Worse, if my mother argues with him one more time (well I am not going to finish that thought because it is not nice!). Yes, I am typing this from the front seat going down I-81 through Virginia at the moment.

So back to my story, my oldest doesn’t like the heat, and refused, hated, insisted he wasn’t going if we went back to Florida. The 12yr old wasn’t crazy about the idea either, he had a kind of been there done that attitude about Universal. I will NEVER get tired of it, but it definite is a tiring, scheduled, everyone screaming at each other VACATION. So we decided this year we would go down to visit my brother in NC.

Everyone liked that idea–except here came the complaints! Car Ride! They hate it; I can’t say there is no reason, but still it drives me crazy. I am usually reduced to tears often during the planning phase of any vacation. Trying to make everyone happy sucks. Especially when it is impossible. I loved the idea of getting an RV Rental as I’ve always wanted to go on a vacation in an RV. However, this was such a stressful trip! I think I’ll have to try again with an RV holiday once the kids have moved out so that me and the hubby can go alone. That would be much more relaxing!

This year was especially hard because I am acutely aware that Aspie Teen may not come along on our adventures any more (change is va very scary thing). Anyway, I had the crazy idea of renting an RV to make the trip…and now we are driving somewhere in the blue mountains and I am terrified of mountain roads and falling off the sides so I have to go now…more later. If I don’t die.




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.


  1. i know how you feel. i hope the drive we take to virginia this summer wont be too bad… :/

  2. Hopefully you have not fallen off the side, I too have that fear of being to close to cliff edges etc, I always semi panic when one of my family goes too close.

    • Well we are back on the road again and my startle reflex and fight or flight response are in full gear. Mountain roads scare the crap out of me! Did I mention I live in the Adirondacks, so ya it is ridiculous, but I panic and keep a death grip on the door handles. (Like that would help). Drives my husband crazy.

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