Everyone needs a sense of purpose. Since Brody's Be Cafe opened in late 2019, Cameron told his parents that he wanted to work there when he was old enough. With his 16th birthday around the corner in mid-August, we talked with the Cafe's director and she indicated he could volunteer to gain the experience. If there is concurrence from everyone, Cam can be added to the payroll after he turns 16!
Every Tuesday, the village of Ada hosts a Farmer's Market from 9am-2p in the parking lot adjacent to the Cafe. The Cafe has a hot dog cart set up outside and you go inside to order an iced coffee, smoothie or lemonade.
Cam's job this week was to advertise the Hot Dog Cart by driving around the market. He was also encouraged to talk to others. It was a cooler day and Cam was successful with his messaging and chatting it up with potential customers.
During hangout time with Ms. Amanda, the duo drove over to let out Amanda's dog, Otis. He couldn't wait to greet Cam with some kisses as they ventured out on a walk.
Chris received news that he was a raffle winner from a charity golf event he attended earlier for Mary Free Bed.
On Friday, he asked his son if he'd be willing to help pick up the prize from the Wheelchair Sport department at MFB.
Cam's dad was the recipient of a new air fryer.
Saturday afternoon, we made our way to Grand Haven to visit Oma and Opa. It was a beautiful afternoon and we had Father's Day goodies for Opa. After a few projects and visiting at Rosy Mound, we wanted to treat Cam's grandparents to dinner. We returned to the restaurant, Don Luis, which is completely accessible and the food is delicious.
After our meals were finished, a dessert was in order. Cam, as well as his grandma and grandpa, had never had Mexican fried ice cream. The tasty dessert is commonly made by taking a scoop of ice cream frozen well below the temperature at which ice cream is generally kept, possibly coating it in raw egg, rolling it in cornflakes or cookie crumbs, and briefly deep frying it. The extremely low temperature of the ice cream prevents it from melting while being fried. It may be sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and topped with whipped cream or honey. It was a great way to top off a wonderful day!
Sunday was the day to honor dads. Cam and his mom did their best to make certain Chris knew how much we appreciate him. He is humble, funny, kind, generous and lovable. True to his character, he worked on a project with his son. Together, they created a foam tray designed to securely hold drinks for the cafe.
We asked Cam's dad to pick dinner out or dinner in of his choice. He requested a steak dinner at home. Our outdoor grill contained an entree of everyone's choosing: New York Strip, bacon and cheddar burger and a salmon kabob. Jane made twice baked potatoes and broccoli.
To cap off the day, Chris requested we all watch the comedy movie "Big Daddy" released in 1999. Cam really laughed at one of Chris's favorite parts of the movie. The main character is having a conversation with a five-year-old about using the bathroom. The five-year-old asks the older main character why he's not going. The response: "Because I don't have to go. Only you and my grandfather go every 30 seconds."