Sunday, May 5, 2024

The Art of the Surprise - Week of Apr. 29th

"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."  ~George S. Patton

Aristotle said, "The secret to humor is surprise" and there was an abundance of smiles and laughter to accompany the unexpected for Cam this week.

Thursday evening, Cameron and his mom attended their first Advisory Board Meeting together.  The one-hour scheduled meeting was held remotely with our good friend, Dr. Lisa who is a professor of physical therapy.  She was awarded a grant to officially set up a powerchair driving skills assessment and training course.  Cam and friend, Onjie are the two powerchair users on the board along with three parents and Dr. Lisa.  At the close of the meeting, Jane and her son agreed it was fun.  One of the ideas they talked about providing a license similar to the one a GV student had created for Cameron so many years ago.

Friday evening, we planned to have dinner guests but kept it a secret from Cam.  Auntie Roe and her husband, Mike arrived promptly at 5p.  After the big reveal, we prepared a surf and turf meal with fresh veggies and fruit.  

After dinner, Chris set up virtual reality goggles for us all to try out.  It's very surreal to be transported into another scene while donning the eyewear.  Cam could not stop laughing and we were all breathless a few times cracking up, watching one another navigate things. 
The evening went by in a flash and we promised to schedule another dinner very soon.

Saturday's WMML game was on the docket for 12pm.  It was truly one surprise after another.  When we arrived for Cam's baseball match up, the parking lot was completely packed.  Home Depot's designated volunteers were everywhere and they had a bountiful display of hot dogs and chips for the players and fans.  Erin was Cameron's volunteer buddy and they had fun chatting.

Cam was beyond excited to see so many fans who came out to see him play.  The first big surprise was his grandparents!  

Oma and Opa rode with Aunt Betsy and Uncle Jon to Rockford.  How cool it was to see them all! We are so grateful they were able to enjoy each other's company on the trek.

The high school teachers Cam and Brody see most often, Ms. Abbie and Ms. Megan were in attendance to see their sophomores.  

Ms. Michelle, who has been Cam's school PT since kindergarten showed up as well.  Mary Jo and Ms. Cris, who have known our kiddo since he was in grade school, also surprised us.

Sporting events bring people together, but we know these fans all have a special connection with us.  We are so thankful for the love and support.

After leaving the field, we headed to Home Depot to pay it forward in light of their volunteer efforts for the WMML.  We gathered up the items on our list and met some friendly workers who were familiar with the baseball mission as well.

Sunday was Cinco de Mayo and we had thought it was the celebration of Mexico's independence.  However, we were surprised to learn that it was actually commemorating Mexico's victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  Ironically, the fifth of May celebration is more popular in the U.S. than it is in Mexico.  We made our way to Lola's for dinner, which is one of our favorite places to dine and it's less than 10 minutes from our home.

Thanks to Cam's curiosity and the availability of any information needed on the internet, we are always learning.  More often than not, we are also pleasantly surprised by what we uncover in our quest for answers.

Camology Quotes:

The toll saga comes to a close... we received our official invoice from the Pennsylvania turnpike this week.  We asked Cam to guess how much it was.  He started with $50 and we kept telling him to guess higher and higher.  He finally closed in on the approximate total.  When we shared the actual bill showing the amount of $180.40, he responded with:

"That's how much it is? You'll go bankrupt!"

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