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Mission Possible

Hope and futureBy Cathy Jameson

I booked our airline tickets months ago.  With how crazy the world has been, I made sure to buy insurance.  We’ve had to cancel trips before due to illness.  It’s something we hate to have to do, but the insurance has helped us be able to rebook a trip when one of us is sick.  A week or so before our trip, I thought I may have to use it.  I couldn’t stop coughing.  I had no fever, no drippy nose, and no other symptoms for weeks.  Whatever I’d caught before Thanksgiving, though, caused a bunch of congestion to linger in my lungs. 

No way did I want to be that person on a plane cough, cough, coughing across the country. 

If it didn’t clear up, I was considering canceling our Christmas plans.   

Cj ronan airplane

Thankfully, I didn’t have to do that. 

On our way home from our trip west, I sat back and smiled.  The coughing had finally subsided, and we had a wonderful seven days away with family at Christmas.  Like before, Ronan traveled like a champ.  He even went – and stayed – at Mass with us!  We’d packed in a few busy days while we were away, and we made sure to enjoy some quiet stay-home days also.  The times the kids wanted to do more, Ronan and I stayed behind and rested.  Knowing Ronan’s needs can be great, our hostess gave us whatever time and space we needed.  It was a joy to be able to get away from it all, and we didn’t want our visit there or our vacation to end.  It was time, though. 

So last Friday, we packed, prepped, and pushed on. 

It can be quite a production when all 7 of us are traveling, but there’s also quite a bit of excitement, too. 

Even so, I was looking forward to sitting and relaxing on the return trip. 

Settled in one of the last rows of a very full flight, I had almost five hours to just sit.  To relax.  To enjoy whatever movie I wanted.  But first, I wanted to rest.  We’d be landing at midnight and getting back home close to 2am.  Knowing Ronan, he’d be up way too early, much earlier than the rest of us.  I needed a nap just thinking about how much of a jolt our first morning home could be.

I don’t get to sit and relax too much when we’re home.  On a plane, I’m forced to.  Other people may hate having to sit crammed next to complete strangers, but I actually don’t mind.  During that time, I don’t overthink anything.  I’m not running from one place to the next.  I do more reflecting than worrying. 

I remember what we’ve just gotten to do, and I look forward to the next time I get to go away. 

After that, I scroll through pictures, emails, and messages.  

Cj ronan push cart
Cj ferry

Cj ronan on beach

Then, I either try to take another nap or watch a movie. 

At home, I don’t get to watch too many movies from start to finish.  The rest of the family does, but I’m usually sitting with Ronan in another room.  With Ronan sitting in the row ahead of me with his brother and my husband, I had a little more freedom to watch a movie uninterrupted.  After picking one, I laughed.  I’d picked Mission Impossible.  How funny that we proved with this trip that it is possible again for us to all go away.  Despite a few setbacks and yes, even some frustrating moments, it was a good trip.  We made that possible…

by planning ahead,

by asking for help when we needed it,

and by having a safe and cozy place to stay. 

Cj 5 kids

My heart is full, and my memories are happy.  Until next time, I’m holding onto those really good memories.

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.


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2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Psalm 23:2-3
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You all made 1st Christmas in the cottage very special. Come back when it's warmer!


Amazing! Love the pictures!


Cathy-Glad it worked out for your family vacation. Everything went smoothly, which is a wonderful thing with our special kids. Times for relaxation are golden for all of us and we need it to keep our mental and physical strength going. God Bless all.

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