Friday, August 18, 2006

The Drive-In

Last weekend, we took the girls to the Drive-In to see Zoom and Talladega Nights.

To get a good parking space, you need to get there before dark, but at our local drive-in there's lots to do. They have a new splash pad that's free for all right now, and both Sydney and Georgia enjoyed tramping through the water.

Then, we went over to the mini-golf course. Now these people know their marketing. When you're inside the mini-golf hut, waiting for your turn to pay, there is a shelf laden with sweet and gooey candy concoctions--right at the eye level of a 2 year old.

Now, Georgia is certainly not one to leave a shelf of brightly-coloured candy unexplored. She reached her little paw right up there and snagged a gigantic, sugar-coated gummy-thing and popped it into her mouth--add 25 cents to the bill, please. Now, I know I let her get away with more than I should--having that neuroblastoma roulette wheel rolling over her head does that to a mother. But she looked so damned cute, with that big hunk of sugar hanging out of her mouth, she looked like a kitten after her first hunt. I just smiled, took her hand and led her away from the candy counter.

We played mini-golf. Sydney is just old enough that she's very competitive, but she still can't beat her daddy, and it kills her. She is so cute when she's trying to be blase about something, but she can't turn off that inner competitor, and I know that will do her well in the future.

I had a great time doing something that I might have, in the past, viewed as a necessary time-killer between parking and seeing the movie.

Now, I consider every moment I spend with these little marvels a moment to be savoured, learned from and tucked away into my memory banks.


1 comment:

gavin leggate said...

dear faye and family, my name is gavin leggate and i stumbled across your blog while looking at the james fund site . we have very similar stories ,my daughter maura was diagnosed stage 2b neuroblastoma at 5 mons after having an xray for a chest cold that wasnt clearing up.a sharp eyed doc seen a white mass in her upper chest and sent her xray to a radiologist and our nightmare began . we were very lucky that maura had that cold and subsequent xray . after many scans and a trip to toronto for a mibg we came back to halifax and the following week maura had a 6 hour op to remove a cancerous tumour from her chest the size of a golf ball .we were so lucky to have caught this when we did because the cancer had started to move, it was in a lympth node near the tumour which was removed as well and had also put out a root into her spine which was succesfully removed as well. this all happened last year [may till date of op july 7th 2005]and so far we have gone for a checkup every 3 mons her 4th is this monday and if it is all clear as the last 3 then we can start going every 6 mons . maura is doing very well and is your typical 20 mon old getting into everthing and expanding her horizons and testing our patience daily .she has an older sister hayley who like sydney is very good to her . i could go on and on here but it is just spooky how similar our stories are ,we just heard about the james fund and we went to meet david who just finished his trip across canada for the james fund . we met syd ,pam and diana birrell today .maura and sandy hayley and i were asked to attend as a way to put a face to this disease .there was lots of media coverage so you may see us in the big 2 page spread that the toronto sun is doing on davids trip . please contact us when you can , i leave you my email and mauras wblog so you can read her story in more detail gavin. passcode is prettybaby