Easter is over and I’ve hauled myself back to my laptop after a well deserved break. I certainly didn’t buy another six Crème Eggs today in the post-Easter sale. No, not me.
Anyway, last week I was lucky enough to be invited on a short press trip in June to a holiday/camping site just outside Paris (more of that later) but before I said yes, I had a big dilemma. The press trip is just for me, I can’t take Dexter, and it involves a trip to … Disneyland Paris!
The one place he’s been nagging me to go to for years … and I’ve been invited without him!
If I’m honest, going on either of the Disney holidays (ie. to the US or Paris) has never really been a financially viable option for us (ie. I’ve been poor for years!) but I know that Disney holidays are still among the most memorable experiences for kids, so I had a big decision to make – should I go without him, or say no to the trip.
I asked my Facebook friends, as is the norm, and surprisingly opinion was split 50/50. Most saw the trip being a good opportunity for me, as a writer, to build relationships in the travel industry and to have an enjoyable two day break, but I think some others saw it as a little selfish to go without him.
And so the guilt set in.
Until I gave myself a swift kick up the proverbial and reminded myself that a) I already feel guilty enough about other single parent failings b) I actually wanted to go on the trip and c) when I get back, I’m taking him abroad for his first holiday in 7 years … so it’s not like he’s not getting a holiday this year.
I told his older brother the situation in confidence whilst I decided what to do .. and, being his big brother, he then told Dexter. Brilliant. Cue lots of tears (Dexter’s not mine) and I found myself placating him by promising him that this trip was really a great idea in fact because it meant I could check Disneyland Paris out so that I can take him later this year/early next year.
Not quite sure that went to plan really.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post – all views/thoughts are my own as always. Please refer to my Disclosure for more information.