“What am I escaping from?” asked the exasperated dad after the resort staff asked if he wanted to try their Escape Room game.
The staff asked another dad, walking quickly with a kid in tow and he asked, “Do I get to escape from this?”
He looked at me with T in one of his hyperactive moments and didn’t even bother asking!
As a parent, especially a parent of a special needs child, you often yearn for escape – especially the last two years.
Whenever we daydreamed about our resort getaway during the pandemic, the hubby and I always said we’d take advantage of the resort childcare services.
But we never used the service, because the truth is, we enjoy having fun with our guy.
As many parents will tell you, it is truly a blessing to experience the world through the wonder-filled eyes of a child.
Despite some hiccups, we had an amazing trip and would’ve been sad to experience any of the moments without T.
The last seven days have been an escape from reality, the grind, stress and responsibilities. I am super thankful for the memories we created.
Some memories were unfortunate, such as the hubby getting a stomach bug that kept him in bed for two days in the middle of our week away.
During those two days, I was a single parent and there were moments that felt more like a chore than a vacation.
On the second day, T was down. He said that he was very sad that his daddy was sick. So I worked hard to take T’s mind off his worries.
We spent an extra long time by the waterpark and pool and we took the resort trolley for a ride to explore the grounds.
During dinner, I watched T stuff his face with spaghetti in meat sauce – he had this for every lunch and dinner – and I felt that inner joy that comes once in a while; that swelling of gratitude that overwhelms my emotions.
I teared up as I stared at my life in front of me: I didn’t need to escape. Thanks to life’s mysterious ways, this wonderful boy found and rescued the hubby and I six years ago.