"I slept and I dreamed that life was all joy. I woke and I saw that life was all service. I served and I saw that service was joy." ~Kahlil Gibran
From the time Cam was born, we have been surprised, humbled and blessed by the many individuals who have cared for our son. In the past eleven years, there have been countless people who have left lasting imprints on our lives. And the list just keeps growing.
On Tuesday, Chris picked up Jane at the Detroit airport while our guardian angel, Auntie Karen stayed at the home front with Cam.
Wednesday was Ms. Amanda's last official summer day with her buddy. The two worked as a team all summer getting ready for Ms. Amanda's first kindergarten classroom.
As a special treat, the duo headed out to one of their favorite places, Spoonlickers, to enjoy tasty homemade frozen yogurt complete with delicious fresh toppings.
There may have been some silliness involved with interesting photo filters which Cam thinks are absolutely hilarious!
On Thursday and Friday, without skipping a beat, Ms. Mary Jo stepped in for Cam care duties. Mary Jo is the daughter of Ms. Kris, a classroom aide Cam has known since he was in kindergarten. Mary Jo has helped out at summer school on a regular basis and has been acquainted with Cam for a few years now. She is a high school senior this fall and then headed to Grand Valley State University. We are relieved she will stay in the vicinity.
The first activity for Mary Jo and Cam was heading over to Brody's Be Cafe. Brody is Cam's best buddy from school and his mom, Jenny, has dreamed of launching a coffee shop aimed at employing individuals with different abilities and needs. The picture of Cam, taken by Mary Jo, was posted on the cafe's Facebook site. We are all eager for this new Ada coffee shop to open.
Next up was the Children's Museum downtown exploring all the different areas. Upon exiting, a fire truck was on the street and Cam said hello. A fireman stopped and gave Cam a junior fire hat as well as a safety sticker.
Friday held a whole new set of plans. Mary Jo had checked with Brody's parents ahead of time to see if he could join she and Cam on a field trip to the Lowell County Fair.
They had a delicious lunch together and toured the grounds to see all of the animals. Baby goats were a popular attraction. Although they had originally planned to try out some rides, they collectively decided against it and concentrated on other things.
Jane had mentioned before they all left that one of her favorite treats at the fair were elephant ears, to which Cam commented "yuck Mom!" and then she described exactly what they were- scrumptious fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar. Upon arrival home, Cam and Mary Jo surprised Jane with a tasty 'ear' of her own.
Friday evening, Mary Jo stayed with Cam while his parents went out to dinner to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary. Upon arrival home, this sidewalk chalk message was in perfect view.
Saturday's weather stayed intact for a sunny afternoon at Oma and Opa's.
After visiting with cousins on the beach and tasting plump freshly picked blueberries, it was time to make our way back.
We all enjoyed a dinner feast on the cottage deck, and then it was time to drive home to Grand Rapids.
The sun is fading earlier these days and and we realize there aren't too many beach days left. As William Shakespeare once said, "Summer's lease hath all too short a date."
While helping him at bedtime one evening, he questioned his mom...
"Do you have anything that will poke me, stick me, hurt me?"
"Um, definitely not."
"Ok, I will not have to give you a citation."