Sunday, May 7, 2017

Happy May Day! - Week of May 1st

May Day Flowers
"The end of labor is to gain leisure." ~ Aristotle

It just so happened that Oma was staying with us over May Day.  She was explaining to Cam what May Day was all about and how it came to be.  Cam's grandma told him that she danced around a maypole and would leave fresh flowers on friend's doorsteps, ring the bell and run away.  Cam thought this was incredibly silly!

Background: In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day and may also be referred to as "May Day." An older tradition was the giving of "May baskets," small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors' doorsteps.

Backyard May flowers
Little did Jane know that Oma and Cam had planned a May Day surprise...after school on Monday, Oma "disappeared" for a bit and returned with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Oma and Cam announced, "Happy May Day!"  It was such a special week with Cam's grandma staying with us until Wednesday while Chris endured a few late nights of work.  We quickly grew accustomed to her endless helping, daily hugs and lots of love.  Jane couldn't have made it through the week without her!  Thank you, thank you Oma!

Will, Auntie Jo, Kevin & Ms. Kathy
Katherine & Bex, Molly, Oma,
Ann & Braeden & Cora, Cam & Amanda
Saturday's WMML game brought out the Cam Fans in big numbers- Auntie Jo & buddy Will, Katherine & son Bexley, Ann and more grandkids, Braeden & Cora, Molly, and a repeat appearance by Cam's teacher, Ms. Kathy and husband Kevin.

Our Miss Amanda came by too and couldn't believe all of people there to watch Cam.  The sun warmed us and the blue skies made for a beautiful day of baseball.

The rest of the weekend included some Little Passport investigation with new material delivered each month, thanks to Auntie Karen.

The Raisch family arrived Sunday eve for our weekly dinner.  We were especially excited to see Anna home from Hope College!  Ever since she went away to school, she's earned a sort of celebrity status with Cam.  Each and every time he sees her, he is beyond excited and squealing with delight.   Anna offered to join in an intense game of Uno Attack, making a certain boy feeling very lucky.

One of the highlights of the weekend was seeing Cam back in his powerchair for the first time in 5 weeks!  We look forward to the day he's back in his ride full-time!

Camology Quotes:

On Oma's last morning with us, Cam was commenting that she had never stayed with us 4 whole nights before.
"Oma, when you can stay 4 nights again?  How about 8 nights next time...or 32."
(Cam doesn't know his multiplication tables yet- 32 was just an arbitrary number:)

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