We turned and headed for the car park with Cameron in tow. A huge grin grew on his face as we walked across.
Well to be honest there was a huge grin on every body's faces, it was hard not to smile to be honest and there was a huge grin on Sam's face because he was going to support Cameron to enjoy his birthday present surprise. Sam is Cam's friend who just always seems to be there with Cameron when magic happens.
And this is what we were all grinning about.
Auntie Vicki and Uncle Peter had organized a Harley Davidson motorbike ride for Cameron for his birthday with Swan Valley Trike Tours. It had taken a little bit of organizing but I think it was worth it. Cam went off and changed so he was suitably attired to ride on a motorbike and then the fun began.
Cameron was keen to touch the motorbike and to get on the motorbike with Sam one step ahead all the way so Cameron could see what was happening.
And then we put the helmet on.
Still smiles until the reality of the situation set in and Cameron started to panic.
Sam tried to steady Cam's nerves and I received a lot of very big, smothering hugs. Sam even took over the hugging to help Cameron feel safe. Sam truly is a one in a million, there are not too many 15 year old young men who would feel comfortable enough to sit in the middle of a public park hugging an 18 year old male and holding his hand.
Finally it was time to take off.
Cam wasn't looking too sure but they were away.
We all started to wander back to the picnic site to await the adventurers return. As I walked back I turned to my dear friend and commented that she should feel honoured that our sons were off on their own together. We've never let anybody else go off with Cameron on there own except immediate family and school staff. In the past it had always been because of the fear of seizures but now it's because we've got used to doing it all by ourselves. It was a huge leap of faith for us to let Cameron go off with Sam.
We had almost settled when we noticed a deep rumbling sound approaching.
Cameron had had enough. He had conquered his fear and ridden the bike but an hour ride was out of the question.. Even after all the excitement and fear he was still smiling although needing lots of reassuring hugs.
Sam, his sister and My Little Angel were able to have rides which was very exciting for all of them and Cameron was more than happy to watch just as long as we didn't try to get him near the bike again. He did thank Peter, the rider, when he was preparing to leave and now he is proudly showing people his photos and telling people about his special day with his communication iPad. Not many can say they've ridden a Harley.
So Cameron's 18th Birthday Party was a pretty special day but a few things stood out for me and one of them was a short chat with a friend who stood watching Cameron socialize and said - Whatever you've been doing for the last two years has been worth it, Cameron is so different. He's engaged and has improved so much. I had to fight back the tears because I'm so proud of Cameron and what he has achieved over the last 18 years but I'm also proud of our little family and what we have all achieved because of Cameron. Life is pretty good.