Whenever you go on a vacation, whether on your own or with your family, you always make plans. Plans for when you arrive at your destination, plans for what you’re going to do, and perhaps even plans for who you’re going to see when you get there. Unfortunately, these plans don’t always work out the way you had hoped. This past week, my in-laws came into town to visit with my husband and me and to see the One Direction concern at Hershey Park. Plans for this trip had been in the works for over a year, but before they even left home, their plans were thrown out the window.
The day before my in-laws were to leave, my husband’s grandmother had to be taken to the hospital due to heart complications. When we heard about this, we thought the trip would be called off, but thankfully his grandmother was okay and they were able to leave only a day later than originally expected. Thankfully, they were driving so they were able to be flexible and didn’t have to worry about trading in tickets. You would think that would be the least of their problems so early on in the trip, but not so much.
My niece had brought a friend along to go to the concert. This friend had apparently developed a cough just days earlier, one which doctors thought was the on-set of asthma. She was instructed (by the doctor and her mother) to take a puff of an inhaler if she was having trouble, which she did. When her mother found out about this, she flipped out and, at 2AM, decided to drive to where my in-laws had stopped for the night. Mind you, my in-laws had been on the road for about eight hours already. The mother had only sent a text to my mother-in-law instead of calling her and then would not speak with her when she attempted to reach her. The only thing the mother said was to leave her daughter at the hotel and continue on without her.
My in-laws were not about to leave the girl there by herself, so they waited for her mother to pick her up. Without a word, her mother picked her up and drove off. All of this, of course, delayed my family’s trip to Pennsylvania. They had originally hoped to arrive on the 1st for my husband’s birthday, which they were able to do, but not until about 10:30 that night. At least they made it after their plans were set off-course. They didn’t throw their hands up and say to forget the trip. Instead, they kept going.
One thing that I have learned from going on trips with my in-laws is that you have to go with the flow when things don’t go as planned. You should always have a plan B and maybe a plan C, D, E and F as well. Plans will not always pan out the way that you want them to, but instead of stressing out about it, you have to try to keep calm and carry on.
How do you handle when your plans don’t go the way you want them to?
What was the worst time when your plans didn’t go the way you had planned them to? What happened?
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Posted on July 8, 2013 by Felicia