Tasmin : I'm 10kg heavier than my classmates...
Megan : Hey that's me too! I think it runs in our the family...
Jordan : Because no one runs in our family...
Tonight we put 2 very sweaty, very happy little sisters to bed. They had played all night just chasing, catching, tickling and giggling, both physically til they were falling over themselves, and online in a Minecraft world that Lauren created. In her world she had built a hotel with an ice-skating rink on the roof, and a jail with a big J on the roof. They were making each other laugh at their funny antics.
It was a wonderful sound and a magical place to be a part of
Lauren is damn cartoon.
The other day she handed me a balloon and a pump and commanded “Can you blow this and tie it up for me please?” Then she walks away into my room.
I pump up while chatting with Megan and Jordan who were sitting around the dining table. I must’ve been distracted cos the darn thing burst in my hand. We break into shocked giggles.
From the room we hear “I knew it!” and out walks Lauren all smug. “I knew it THAT’S WHY I went into the room!”
She hands me another one and I notice that this batch of balloons are lousy thin and small shaped. I pump more carefully this time. Again she steps into the room. I’m done and it’s tied. I call her “Lauren?”
“I’m done. Your balloon.”
She finally walks out, pleased with the balloon I blew – with earplugs on.
Jordan is at camp at Serimbun and it’s about as far as you can get without falling into the water.
It’s a camp organized by AWWA, the organization who handles his therapies. He’s been on a couple annual camps before with them so although it’s ulu and doesn’t look at all equipped to handle wheelchairs (muddy lumpy field, no paths, stairs), the volunteers and staff are enthusiastic and confident and I trust he’ll have a great time.
What’s special this year is they’ve asked to invite buddies instead of just siblings, and he’s there with a classmate Joel. Joel thinks he’s there to look after Jordan but it’s more a bonding activity, and a chance for Joel to just be with Jordan and not just have to help him for a change. I think that’s so cool.
And to think he was in tears last night cos he was worried about going away for the weekend and not having enough time to finish all his homework. I guess he may have been feeling challenged about camp. He wanted to bail and I’m glad we didn’t let him.
You see which vein they chose to set the plug!? The one over the knuckle of the index finger. Go on, look at your knuckles.
No wonder he feels it’s painful. But I don’t envy them. Jordan’s hand is so cushy, vein hunting is very hard. Even to take a small vial of blood takes a lot of squeezing from that small vein. Poor baby