As you have noticed I haven’t been posting here of late and with good reason. I had been on a lovely holiday in Australia visiting family. Although only a week long (too short), we had beautiful warm weather, fun at our young niece’s fifteenth birthday party held on the Esplanade (waterfront) of Cairns with family and friends. A few days later, down near the Gold Coast of Australia with my younger brother and his family of four sons for three more days. The youngest who I had not met before, now three years old is tougher than his older brothers; a rugby player in the making and with dark brown eyes will win hearts with his soulful good looks. The second youngest is a character, slight of build, witty and at six years is already attracting attention of professionals in his board diving. Next is Eddie, sweet, bright, top of his class in science and maths at eight years of age, although he wants to be a farmer when he finishes uni. The oldest, at thirteen years a typical teenager, has his moments, but is considerate, respectful, and adored by his younger brothers.
I have to admit, it has been hard to concentrate on writing even in the lead up to my trip, as an upsetting phone call from my brother regarding young Eddie giving them cause for concern. While it’s hard to go into details, what I do know is that Eddie over the last couple of months had lost interest in schooling finding it tedious, boring and he had started humming to himself, added with his continuous chatter at 90 miles an hour, doctors had thought all manner of reasons for this including a brain tumour. Naturally we were all very concerned. Tests have only recently proved them wrong; we are still left wondering what the reason is for his overactive brain. Mild Asperger’s, one wonders! All this had lead me to follow closely a fellow 12x12er and admire her strength and faith as she too has had to deal with a young son, dealing with finding a cause and correct treatment for him through test after test. It is hard for young families watching their child undergo hours of treatment if only to find a name, a cause, to give meaning for why this is happening and how they can help and move on.
The good result out of this was that Eddie was still able to come back home with us on a week’s holiday, his first on a plane and we watched closely his excitement and of cause his anxiety. I should also mention he is an asthmatic, and his Mum was naturally a little anxious about letting him go although she knew we would look after him well. However, she did follow a few days later and stayed elsewhere without Eddie’s knowledge in case we needed her. Over the time he was with us Eddie was taken to spend overnight in Hobbiton country visiting the houses of the Hobbits, now being kept as a permanent mini village for tourists they are working on a bar/café inn for tourists to enjoy (he was named a Hobbit being the perfect size), he will be the envy of his brothers. This was after he had visited Candy land, and please tell me what little boy would not want to enjoy wandering through isles of candy followed by making his own lollypop? I ask you! Following this he visited the Museum, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater world, learning to ski at Snow Planet with his Auntie, Dracula’s Transylvania – an indoor Mini golf in the dark, a train ride, boat ride in the harbour which was followed by a surprise my other brother had set up for him, which was a ride in an old American Chevy done out as a sheriff car complete with working siren. Ending with a visit to the Sky Tower. What I enjoyed most was spending each night with him as he wrote in his scrap book of his days outing complete with a colourful drawing and photos. Watching him do his homework on the computer and listening to him reading to me. Always questions, curious and attentive, he has a lovely sensitive, gentle nature, polite and sometimes shy, when he is excited he can’t get the words out fast enough, and one smiles at his enthusiasm.
On his last night he made a huge cheesecake for a large gathering which included his Mum who is accompanying him home again. You should have seen the mile wide grin on his face when he presented his work of art to a round of applause. Soooo cute!
Today is my first day without him…. Boy is it quiet!……lol.
Below is a link to the latest updates on Hobbiton….
Sounds like a wonderful vacation, full of family and fun! I hope whatever is troubling Eddie is resolved soon and all will be well 🙂
Yes it was a wonderful relaxing time thanks Susanna. While I always had wondered why some problems take longer to reslove than others, I am now learning its part and parcel with children especially. He’s a cutie!
I am so glad that Eddie was able to spend such precious time with you guys, Diane! What a great couple of weeks you have had. How fabulous to be named a Hobbit. I also hope that it becomes clear how to help Eddie best! Lovely update.
Thankyou Joanna, so pleased to have you back to. Yes he is a joy and so enjoyed his trip here. I am good with patience and I too hope all works out. Now onward with the writing for me.
Hi Diane, i’ve missed you! So sorry to hear about Eddie. It could be anything even autism. I hope he can lead a normal life that is the main thing, take care.
Aww… thankyou Catherine, I have missed you to. Yes that was mentioned to me as well. His parents are more worried about his teen years….. bullying etc.. But whatever it is it is very mild. I am glad to be back, will catch up with you soon.
You must have had a lovely time,he’s so cute. I want to go to candy land too and that video looks amazing. I really hope they find out what’s troubling Eddie ,anything untoward with children is so worrying.
Hi Anne, yes a lovely time and isn’t so cute. LOL… you are welcome to come to Candy Land anytime…lol. I also made a lollypop…lol. Yes hopefully all will be sorted with Eddie. Thanks for your kind words.
So sorry to hear about Edddie. It’s strange it came on when he was older. I’m sure with love and support he will be just fine. Just happy that it wasn’t a brain tumor.
Yes it was strange although he had always been an exceptional “chatterbox”. I remember one time a couple of years ago watching him tie his shoe lacers and getting angry and fustrated with himself for not getting them done in quick time and just right. He refused angrily my help. My brothers initial phonecall about Eddie was upsetting. Happily now we are relieved and hope he will get through his teen years later, with not to much of a problem. (see my comment to catherine) Thankyou Pat.
I wish you and your family the best. The hard part is being in the dark for so long, but knowing your family is there to listen and support you is such a comfort. Sending positive thoughts down under!
aww.. thankyou Julie. Maybe they will get a clearer picture soon. In the meantime we enjoy him just the way he is…. Thankyou for your kind words.
It sounds like Eddie is surrounded by love and that is the important thing. Love can heal so much.
Thankyou Darlene for your kind words….. Love, sure can!
Eddie is lucky to have such a nice aunt like you! 🙂
aww…. thankyou Erik!