I seriously need you to help me say no
Well, my dad has started his whole, "we need to start planning our next vacation" routine. He lives for planning his next vacation, and he really didn't get to plan one last year with gas prices skyrocketing about the time we were finally going to give in and take Mom to Mt. Rushmore. There always seems to be an excuse.
As the single child, it's my job to vacation with my parents because I've not had anyone else to take a vacation with.
As many of you know, my parents' favorite vacation destination is Branson, MO, or as I call it, Branson, Misery. After going there when I was in junior high, I stood my ground until about 2 years ago that I was not going back. I stood my ground for as long as I could take it, then finally gave in for one time just so that my parents would just simply shut up about it. Eight months later, I had to go back for the entire family vacation. Twice in one year's time.
You all know I love my nieces to pieces and would do anything for them. However, this year, I'm having to block them out. I am not, I repeat, I am not going to Branson this summer with the entire family.
Christi has already said that I'm going to cave. I will not cave. I cannot cave. I need help. I need encouragement. I need you to back me up and make sure that I say, "no."
There are a number of reasons why Branson is my misery and why this year may just put me over the edge. Those close to me right now can fill in all of those blanks. The main thing right now for me is that I need to be an adult, unswayed, stand up for myself and say no. It is not wrong to refuse to be a doormat, I keep reminding myself.
A couple of days ago, Dad says to Paige, like I'm not even in the car, "do you think we can talk Audra into it between now and then? I think we can." I kept my mouth closed. Didn't say a word. Didn't get mad.
I need all the help I can get. It's going to get worse.
Anyone want to plan a summer trip so that I'll have a really, really, really good excuse?