posted by Momo Fali on February 28, 2012

In roughly nine hours my family and I were going to embark on a family vacation.

My kids have had a lot of things happen in their lives that most kids don’t have to deal with, and right now they have an aunt and a grandmother fighting cancer. Things have been kind of heavy around here. We planned a trip around fun life experiences to show them that things don’t always have to be a bummer.

We were going to go to Key Largo with trips to the Everglades and Key West. We were going to go parasailing, swimming with dolphins, and tour the islands on wave-runners. We were going to have a picnic on the beach.

My nine year old son, who has a map of the world on his bedroom wall and who sleeps with an airplane, was so excited for his first plane ride. He has been counting down the days.

But, irony? It bites hard! Because the kid with all of the medical problems is now too sick to go.


This afternoon, I had to make massive, last-minute cancellations through my tears as my son slept fitfully on the couch. I cried for an hour straight. When my son woke and found out we weren’t going, he shed tears of his own.

We may not be headed to the beach, but there is certainly no shortage of salt water around here.


  • Mary

    I’m so sorry. I’m hugging you both in my heart.

  • Adventures In Babywearing

    I am SO sorry to hear this. I hope that you get that trip AND THEN SOME TIMES A THOUSAND when the time is right.


  • tracey

    Don’t you wish he had gotten sick in Florida? I know that sounds horrible, but it’s what I usually wish. I am so sorry you guys had to cancel. I hope you had the insurance on it and can reschedule soon…

  • AlisonH

    Oh honey. I am SO sorry.

    Said the woman who a few years ago got the airline that doesn’t change reservations to change mine anyway to my husband’s name for our daughter’s college graduation, the day before. Had to. Not fun. They softened the blow for us; thank you Southwest.

    But watching endless streams of black-garbed people in funny hats walking across a stage to boring music vs swimming with the dolphins–wow. The dolphins totally win.

  • Melisa

    I know how upsetting this is for you. I am so sorry, Momo. I hope that you can reschedule everything soon. xoxo

  • Anna Hettick

    I am sorry Momo! That really stinks, my family went on a mini vacation last month and my daughter got sick during the night at the hotel so we had to head back home without doing any of our planned activities. I am so so sorry your little guy it’s doing well. I hope all of you are doing great soon and can take that vacation!! =)

  • Colleen

    Ugh. That absolutely sucks.
    I can tell you it’s not fun to be on vacation while sick. Zoe just barfed all over Grammy’s house last week. There was no swimming for her in FL for 3 days because she was miserable. I think it made it worse for her to lay on the couch and longingly look at the pool and know she just didn’t have it in her to swim.
    I hope you’re able to plan another trip soon!!!

  • Tara R.

    I am so sorry your son is sick. I hope he’s better soon and that you all can still get away for some family fun and relaxation.

  • MamaWise

    Oh hon, I am so sorry… we too were planning a trip down to Florida at the end of March and I may be shedding tears along with you soon because it looks like we won’t be able to go either. Hang in there!

  • Jessica

    Oh my gosh. I am SO sorry. I hope he feels better soon. Perhaps as this one door closes, another will open with a different blessing or opportunity. Thinking of you and your family…

  • Headless Mom

    I hate this for you guys and I know it sounds pitiful but I just know that it will be all the more awesome when you’re able to go. xo

  • monstergirlee

    I’m sorry, what a bummer! Poor sweet little boy.
    Sending you all great big internet hugs, and if I could, I’d take you all out for ice cream. Or cupcakes. Or donuts. Your choice.

  • merelymothers

    Oh, no, I am so sorry. I hope your family heals soon. Thoughts and prayers your way.

  • Redneck Mommy

    I am so sorry. What a bummer. I really hope you will be able to get on that vacation soon. Big cyber hugs Momo.

  • Jamie

    That is so disappointing especially since you were so looking forward to fun inlight of all that’s been going on with your loved ones. I do think it would be worse to have spent all that money then have your child so very ill on the trip. Hang in there. This cloud will have a silverlining somehow.

  • pgoodness

    That sucks. Hope the disappointment gets replaced with new excitement for another trip soon.

  • MommyTime

    Oh, Momo, I am so very sorry. I know how much a joyous family trip can make a difference, and I know how difficult things have been lately, and I have nothing but sympathy for all of you. I hope you and yours get some rays of sunshine this week: a festival of beachy movies, perhaps, while eating popsicles and laughing together? It’s hardly the actual feel of sand between your toes, but I hope you know I am sending love and hopes for speedy recovery. And happiness by the bucketful.

  • mrsmouthy

    So sorry, Momo Fali. I hope your family gets the break it needs and deserves very soon…whether it’s a vacation or a staycation. Be strong!

  • ascapecodturns

    Ah Momo, that sucks so bad, I want to cry for an hour for you.

  • Vicki

    Boo! I’m so sorry. Hugs!

  • Toni Tarracino

    So sorry about your trip, etc. etc. etc.

    BUT…I am a CONCIERGE in KEY WEST!!! You have my e-mail now, let me know when you reschedule and I will try to see if I can be helpful to you and your family…I feel like I know ya’ll anyway…XO Toni

  • Heather

    Dammit 🙁 So unfair. I am so sorry. We can drink wine on Twitter with our hair in ponytails and no make up on again tonight if that will make you feel better? xo

  • MommieDaze

    I’m so sorry. That just sucks.It’s just really rotten.

  • BusyDad

    ARGH!! That’s all. ARGH!!

  • JamieBMusings

    Best wishes to your family. Hope everyone is on the road to recovery soon.

  • Erica Needs a Sitter

    Oh, no! So sorry the trip isn’t happening. Giant hugs to you — hope everyone feels better soon.

  • Loukia

    I am SO sorry – that your have family members who are so ill and fighting that terrible disease and that you have cancel a vacation you were all looking forward to. My heart aches for your son, I know you must have felt absolutely awful to have to cancel. It’s so hard to be a mom, isn’t it? Huge hugs to you. xo

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