Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. ~Walter Elliot
With recovery comes challenges and Cam has faced quite a few. His pain is still noticeable but lessening every day. We know it will get easier and for this we are grateful.
When Friday arrived, we decided it was time to take Cam out for a celebration. Well, that task proved a bit more daunting that we expected...first stop at 5:45p was Buddy's, a new restaurant we all wanted to try. Jane ran in to secure a reservation and the response was a one hour wait...next! We drove a bit further to a favorite Mexican restaurant, El Arrieo's and the parking lot looked noticeably empty for a Friday eve- sign on the door indicated power was out...but, our final attempt was successful! Texas Roadhouse was a 5-minute wait to be seated and Cam declared they had the best warm yeast rolls and cinnamon butter he had ever tasted!
It's a good thing we had a hearty dinner on Friday because Saturday was going to be quite busy indeed. Opening day for West Michigan Miracle League was upon us. Cam's spring team for 2019: the Cleveland Indians. His 5-game schedule:
April 27@ 11:15 a.m. – Yankees v Indians
May 4 (Picture Day)@ 10:00 a.m. – Indians v Orioles
May 11@ 11:15 a.m. – Diamondbacks v Indians
May 18@ 10:00 a.m. – Royals v Indians
June 1@ 11:15 a.m. – Cubs v Indians
It was pretty chilly for the first game, but the rain held off and the kids were excited to be back on the field. Even with Cam in his recovery power chair, he is still able to use the cool batter box and drive around the bases. The helpers from the Zeeland H.S. Boys Baseball team were on deck to assist.
We arrived home for lunch and then promptly got ready for our next event in downtown Grand Rapids. Kaylee, Cam's Saturday night sitter, invited him to her GVSU ceremony to accept her Master's in Special Education. Thankfully, Kaylee's parents saved seats for us so Cam had a great view and lots of room.
Because the master's degrees are announced before the undergraduates, we heard Kaylee's name called within the first hour and the look on Cam's face is shown to the right. The festivities lasted almost two hours and Cam asked shortly after he heard Kaylee's name "why does she have to stay for the rest? She already has her degree!" Hmmm, we think many others may feel the same way. Afterwards, we gathered outside and waited to give congratulations.
Upon arrival home, it was obvious Cam had been pondering something. His most pertinent question: "Miss Kaylee graduated from Grand Valley, so why did they have the ceremony at The Van Andel Arena?! That is not a University!"
On Sunday, Chris and his son continued their home automation projects, resetting the ceiling fan in the bedroom to be able to ask Amazon's Alexa to turn it on and off. Cam has become very adept at announcements and typically we will hear: "Alexa Announce: Mom and Dad, please come here because I need your help please."
Cam does have a tendency to announce run-on sentences and after so many seconds, he is unfortunately, cut off...without any apology from Alexa:)