I Think I DoIt's spring break week where I live. My daughter is 14, and has many friends who are off on fabulous excursions this week. Disney World, New York City, Mexico; it seems like everyone is somewhere other than here.
My daughter is a theatre girl. She is DYING to go to New York City and see a show. She'd even be happy just walking around, seeing the sights, soaking it all in. I want to take her. We are close enough that we could drive, about 4 hours away. We really wanted to make it work this week, but in the end, we couldn't justify the expense.
We live in a small city where we are fortunate to get many traveling Broadway tours. We saw Les Miz and The Lion King this year. It's not like she is deprived of the experience of seeing a fabulous show. She, on the other hand, would tell you that she is deprived because she hasn't seen a show on Broadway.
To try and make up for the no-go to New York, we found a show that is on tour in a city about an hour away. Tickets are still pricey, but it's a shorter trip. We are even going to spend the night. It's an expense that we definitely don't need, but we wanted to do something special over her spring break.
Yesterday, she woke up throwing up. All day. Fever. She felt so terrible that she asked me to read her a story to try and take her mind off of it. I read her The Velveteen Rabbit. We both teared up at the end. Since then, she's been sleeping for 12 hours straight.
I have no idea if we will be able to go. I have no idea if we will be able to get any of our money back.
Such is life. Sometimes things don't work out the way we plan them.
We want to go to the show, but right now, I just need her to feel better.