Tom's 7th birthday party was awesome on the weekend.
We went go carting at the only place in our home state that catered for children of his age.
The go carts were smaller than normal ones and went at a very safe and reasonable speed.
For $20 per child they were able to do approximately 20 minutes of driving.
Also included in this price was the choice of any drink from the café and a large hot dog.
Our little hoon !!!!!
Today Amelia and I attended an appointment at our Royal Children's Hospital.
Because of "My Book" (lol), I only remembered the appointment at 3pm yesterday.
We drove up in silence because we SO did not want to go.
Both of us could not be bothered.
At least we had Chrissie Swan to entertain us on the radio!
The appointment was with the first doctor that I have encountered at that hospital that talks at a level Amelia totally understood. She had a friendly tone and constantly had eye contact with Amelia.
It was a pleasure to watch her interact with Amelia.
Afterwards Amelia wanted to go and find The Starlight Room.
This is a foundation that is set up separate from the hospital.
They have a room that children can go to and have fun.
The room had computers, play station 3 (with really big screens), art'n'craft and a camera where staff interact with children who are bed ridden within the hospital.
Anyway the staff (who behave like taking speed is part of the job description) start a "dance off" with children who are in the room.
Little Miss Self-conscious shakes her head and says "No Way".
We watched another little girl dancing and then decide it is time to leave.
As we are walking out Stage 2 of the "dance off" begins.
Psy and his GANGNAM STYLE comes over the PA System.
No conversation was needed between Amelia and I.
I turned the wheelchair around and took her to where the staff were standing (the speed for them had obviously just kicked in).
Amelia started off slowly, started laughing hysterically and that was it.
Amelia danced her heart out for all those sick children stuck in their beds !!!!!!!
She was told afterwards that she had won (she was the only one!) and was handed a ticket for 2 adults and 2 children to go and see Descpicable Me 2.
Finally some news.......
The other night I received a phone call from Canberra.
It was NOT the Prime Minister !!
It was the lady who is in charge of Disability Care and is overseeing the launch campaign.
She rang me from her home the other night because she was "so excited".
"Next month we open disability care shops and offices in various places around Australia. We need a photo on the front of them. The entrance. The face of disability care. After much deliberation and many photo's of lots of different people involved in the campaign, we have decided to choose one of Amelia. Everyone just kept coming back to this particular one. Could you please give your permission for the poster that I have sent you via email".
See below what was sent.
You can imagine what my reply was.