In less than 2 days we leave for a family reunion (G’s side) and to celebrate New Year’s at an all-inclusive in Mexico. Ole! Up to now we have never travelled outside of Canada/US with R. Even travelling south of the border could be stressful. Did you know that, for instance, Lay’s Salt & Vinegar potato chips are packaged in a greeny-blue bag in Canada and a turquoisy-blue bag in the US. While this may or may not be an issue for most of us…it has been an issue for R. The bag is “different” therefore the chips must be “different” therefore he doesn’t want them.
When we all decided the destination would be Mexico, I was excited (I’ve never been to an all-inclusive or the east coast of Mexico), then nervous (what would R eat???), then went into problem-solving mode (we would need suitcases…HUGE suitcases in order to transport a weeks worth of food/cooking supplies). Of course, I will carry-on the all important “small sieve” for the seasoning packets of Mr. Noodles as, mentioned in my Random Thoughts posting, any visible flecks of green are unacceptable. As I highly doubt there is a Wal-Mart close by…we will also be packing “back-ups” for most of R’s electronics /accessories that could conceivably break down.
R has been SO focused on “waiting patiently to open his presents” that I had a hard time finding the right moment to tell him we would be going away on vacation to someplace "different". I mean really…why get him fixated on more than one thing at a time?!?!? As Riley’s gotten older we can sometimes operate on a “need to know” basis for certain “desirables”. Even still, being the coward that I am, I waited until after lunch yesterday (Christmas day) when he was upstairs preoccupied with his multitude of new DVD’s before “adjusting” his visual schedule to show going on an airplane and vacation (thankfully both much desired activities). Luckily putting up new PCS (Picture Communication Symbols) does not involve ripping Velcro, is therefore silent and can be done without R noticing…that is until he walks by.
He immediately noticed his schedule and muttered to himself “YOU are going away on vacation”. When I answered enthusiastically with “No, WE are going on vacation TOGETHER on a BIG airplane!”…R responded with “Yahoooo we’re going on a big airplane!” Not quite sure when I’m going to break it to him it’s going to be a 5-1/2 hour flight. Oish.
Five years ago the idea of going outside of North America would’ve never crossed my mind. So what’s changed? Over the years R has continued to grow and mature. We are also very fortunate to have the unconditional support of family and friends which has allowed us the flexibility to try new and different things. Knowing we could ask for help and being offered help with things like R’s food means so much. Who knows…maybe R will even acquire a taste for Mexican food and it’ll open up a whole new world of dining experiences when we come home.