Sunday, May 12, 2024

Making Mom's Day - Week of May 6th

“Nothing is lost until your mother can’t find it.”  ~Unknown

As Cam has grown older, his sense of humor has shown through.  Occasionally, he will use his mother's first and middle name if he really wants to get her attention. His smile that accompanies the two names says it all. Each and every time, Jane tells her son to please call her by the name reserved for him and only him..."Mom."

Chris attended a charity luncheon for Special Olympics this week.  He saw Cam's best bud, Brody, and his mom.  He also spotted other friends in the special needs community as well.  

Imagine Cam's dad's surprise when he spotted the complimentary cards for Brody's Be Cafe and his son's picture in the upper right hand corner!

Friday night, a rare event occurred across the U.S.
A rare geomagnetic storm - the intensity of which had not been forecast for about 20 years - sent auroras shimmering across Michigan skies Friday night. Vibrant pinks, sea greens and even purple streaks saturated the skies, even as clouds began to move into some areas around 10 p.m. Generally, it takes just eight minutes for light to travel 93 million miles to the Earth from the sun, but the energized particles causing the current wave of aurora travel a lot slower, which caused the phenomenon to last for the weekend.  The most surprising aspect was that it was so much brighter and clearer when viewing through the cell phone camera.

Saturday morning temperatures were a bit of a shock to the system.  Cam had a WMML game scheduled for 11am. 

Chris was asked to step in as coach and the wind was whipping.  

It was close to 50 degrees when we arrived, but it felt much colder with the gusty chill. Many bystanders were dressed in winter coats. Even with the cold air, there were plenty of smiles and laughter.  It did feel like it took us all awhile to warm up after the game.

Sunday morning, Cam and Chris both wished Jane a Happy Mother's Day.  A beautiful bouquet of flowers from Cam brightened our kitchen and Cam's mom.

We had a packed agenda for the day.  We prepared a homemade coffee cake for Oma, which Cam requested we bake at Oma and Opa's so it would be extra fresh and delicious.  A cooler was packed with eggs, mushrooms, sausage along with fresh fruit and bread with our strawberry jam for toast.

When Cam's grandparents arrived home from church, their family was busy cooking up brunch.  After our tasty meal, we had a long stroll around the apartment complex.  It was a nice afternoon and we encountered quite a few other residents outside as well.  After big hugs for all, we made our trek home.

Back in Grand Rapids, it was a relaxing late afternoon.  Chris and Cam took Jane to dinner. She requested a place with outdoor dining. Her first choice was too crowded so they opted for an old standby, El Burrito.

Cam's mom shared one of her favorite stories about her son.  When he was born via emergency C-section, he was whisked away in an incubator by a transport nurse (Tracy) to another hospital.  Jane had to stay where she was for at least 24 hours before being released.  When she finally arrived the next day in the NICU with Chris pushing her in a wheelchair, the transport nurse, Tracy, was there.  She told Jane that no one had held her son yet, because they wanted his mom to be the first one!  Cam said "Mom, that was so sweet of her!"  

Camology Quotes:

Cameron always wants to make people laugh.  He commonly will say he has a joke to tell.  His "best" one this week: "I joke around so I'm a merry-go-round!"

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