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12, Aug, 2009

Wednesday 12th August 2009


Rory and I visited the Auckland Botanic Gardens today, and I was surprised at how much he enjoyed it.  The Gardens is full of every kind of plant imaginable (almost), and many artistic sculptures.  Rory and I had a serious discussion about whether the sculpture in the photo is a voluptuous woman or an overweight man.  We'll leave it to you to form your own opinion.  We made a b-line for the native bush setting out on the Puhinui Stream Forest trail.  The ARC staff member at the Information Centre said it wasn't really suitable for buggies as it was a little bumpy and uneven, but was formed and wasn't steep.  In our family we are used to bumpy and uneven (aka off-road) so naturally we weren't put off.  What she didn't warn us about was the steps, and plenty of them.  There was also a fair amount of up and down.  Either the staff member didn't know what she was talking about or we were in the wrong place (yes I had a map ..... two even!).  It was a challenge with Rory in the buggy.  I managed to get him down most of the steps, and made a decent go of getting him up them for a while, but then had to admit defeat.  Eventually he had to hop out and climb the steps himself.  I was impressed by how many he did climb, riding in the buddy in between.  He gave up on the last set so I had to carry him up and go back for the buggy.  I don't think I've ever been as glad to get out of the bush before.  Actually I have once in the early days of Sean and I's relationship, but that's another story.  Rory enjoyed collecting some leaves for Korie's science table.  On our stroll through the rest of the Gardens we were treated to; 10 ducklings crossing the path, a field of daffodils, scores of tui feeding in pink cherry trees, and the Potters Children's garden where the story of the Kereru (Kukupa) and the Puriri is told. 

We returned to RM House just in time for his daily GCSF injection and lunch.  After lunch Rory made a card for his namesake in Canada and we posted it to him along with some Kia Kaha Rory wrist bands.  We managed to get through some work on fractions, spelling, and addition and subtraction.  It's 4.30pm and he has fallen asleep again.  As a parent it isn't easy to see your child debilitated.  Cancer will have an impact on Rory for the rest of his life.  He is going to have to fight harder to do things his peers take for granted, and look his own mortality in the face and not let it stare him down.  Mr Law, our neurosurgeon, told us "this will drastically change the rest of your lives", and he wasn't wrong.