Cameron, my little prince, Meets the Prince and Makes Us Proud

FINALLY! Here they are, all the pics and some videos from Cameron big moment! I really wanted to get them up sooner, but have been busy with work and then Cameron became sick with a cold and has been home for the past few days, he is doing better now. For you friends who were asking, thank you for your patience. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Just An Amazing Day

What an amazing experience we had Monday, the day Cameron met Charles the Prince of Wales and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall. I have to say that this experience for us as a family was just wonderful. Together, this became just as much about us enjoying the fun of planning all week for the upcoming pomp and circumstance, which would last mere seconds, as the event itself. But, yes, I have to say, seeing Cameron carry out his role in such a distinguished and mature manner, well I have never been more proud. And, when Cameron succeeds, there is always another young person of whom I am particularly proud, the unsung hero in all of Cameron’s successes and accomplishments, his big sister Jamie. I love them both.

 

Royal Delay

Monday, we spent the day getting ready. As you may have seen in my earlier post, Cameron had lots of ideas about what he would say to the Prince and Duchess, but, well, when it came down to it he didn’t say anything, there was no time really, the Royal Couple were 40 minutes late! Was that God doing a little favour? Cameron, having heard on TV that they were ALWAYS on time, had planned on asking them to help this Mom with her “late” problem. However, after being so late the Royals descended from their plane and were through the line and into their car in under a minute.

 

Cameron “On Point”

As you will see in the video below, Cameron was focused. I know my son and I could just “see” him thinking something along these lines, “There she is, get ready, be ready, CONCENTRATE!” At one point in the video he looks about to give the flowers a tad early, as if his brain is a trigger ready to engage the command, “Present the Flowers…NOW!”

And so he did, right on cue. I love the way he stood still, almost at attention, hands by his side, as the motorcade pulled away. My word, I am so incredibly proud. So without further ado, perhaps I will let the photos tell the story.

 

It is now 4:55 and we are on the road 20 minutes earlier than planned! Yay Mommy!

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My word, he is so handsome. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Me, smiling, have been doing that lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

We arrive at the airport at 5:10 p.m. Cameron, Jamie, my mother Helen, my sister Jennifer and I.

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My sis, Jen, asked us to stop for a photo outside the airport; however, despite being early, I was incredibly anxious to get inside.

 

 

There, theย dignitariesย and other guests began to gather…

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Chatting with Her Honour, Dorothy Lewis, wife of our Lieutenant Governor, Frank Lewis.

 

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Mom and Jamie.

 

5:15 p.m. We move into International Departures lounge where everyone will eventually convene…

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Cameron meets Craig Gibson, Commanding Officer, L Division, RCMP

 

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Jamie, Mom and Jen, the wait begins. Cameron photobombs the pic with a peace sign.

 

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Chatting with C.O. Gibson.

 

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Might as well get a pic. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Cameron meet Mayor Lee and the Mayor asks Cameron for a pic. Cameron is feeling good. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Cameron has some important questions for the Mayor like, “When you the Mayor, you get free food at the restaurant?”

 

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And more laughs, good buddies now. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Might as well get a family pic, Cameron insists he stand right in front of me so I can put my arms around him. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Cameron and our Premier, Robert Ghiz, make a dashing duo.

 

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High five from Premier Ghiz, love that. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Chatting with Dr. Kate Ellis, Premier Ghiz’s wife.

 

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Chatting with our Lieutenant Governor, His Honour Frank Lewis, he and Mayor Lee, on the left, were debating which office Cameron should seek.

 

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More waiting and chatting.

 

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Cameron engaging withย a little girl. Sweet.

 

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Janice Petit, from the Province; Kate Ellis and Dorothy Lewis, wife of Lieutenant Governor, Frank Lewis.

 

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Members of the College of Piping ready to perform.

 

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And some media.

 

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Dr. Kate Ellis and Her Honour Dorothy Lewis.

 

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Janice and Jamie have a chat….

 

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…and share a laugh.

 

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Phillip Brown from Minister Shea’s office and Cameron.

 

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And more chatting and waiting, Steven Myers, leader of the opposition, centre. Doug Newson, Airport Authority, on the right.

 

It’s now about 6:20 p.m. and we have been here over an hour.

About this time, my sister Jennifer tells me that Cameron started to dance! I missed this, but Jen says, “I had no idea he could dance so well!” then adding “But I went over and told him that this probably wasn’t the place to dance, so he stopped.” ๐Ÿ™‚

She added that after that he would “bust a move” every few minutes, but then, as if remembering where he was, would stop. This makes me think of my post about his last school dance, “Dance like nobody’s watching, while hoping that they are.” #lovemyboy

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Working hard at waiting.

 

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More chatting, this is Samantha from the Province, thank you Samantha for helping Cameron on the tarmac. You were so sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Another conversation, what were they discussing? More perks of being Mayor perhaps.

 

It’s now approximately ย 6:30 p.m. and we move down to the other end of the room. Getting closer to that time!

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Cameron remains relaxed, flashing more peace signs.

 

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Big sis at his side. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The media start to get set up on their platform.

 

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Look, it’s Cameron’s other Grammy, Trudy!!

 

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Patiently waiting…

 

It’s 6:45 p.m. and we are on the move, getting closer…

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6:45, Cam has THE flowers in hand…

 

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…and more waiting…

 

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And now I am being asked to put the camera down, not a chance.

 

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You know all this waiting should have seemed long, but everyone was great and it was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Cameron appears to be giving Doug some advice? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Prior to the Royal Couple’s arrival, a security plane landed, followed by a plane with about 30 people on it, including Royal staff and numerous photographers. They had to hustle off the tarmac as the Royals’ plane was immediately behind them.

 

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Royal Photog.

 

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Pretty flowers.

 

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Mom, it’s time to put down the camera.

 

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Finally!

 

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We have touchdown.

 

The Time Is Near. Hey Cam, who are you going to meet today?

 

They’re here!!

 

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The Prince and Duchess, first glimpse.

 

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Security kept getting in the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Prince Charles meets Premier Ghiz and his wife Dr. Ellis.

 

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Cameron posed to present. I love my boy.

 

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Making their way down the line.

 

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Meeting CO Gibson, RCMP and Mayor Lee.

 

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Mary Ellen from the Province and Doug Newson, Airport Authority (who BTW was great with Cam). ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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And here are your flowers, My God he wanted to get it just right and he did!!!

 

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I was close enough to hear Premier Ghiz extolling Cam’s accomplishments, thank you Robert, this made me extremely proud and just look at his face, feeling pretty proud too. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The video, did I mention, I am proud?:

 

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And, that’s it,, as quickly as it started, it is over. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Job well done Cameron! He looks pleased. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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And there’s the Prince.

 

More video coming soon to our blog of my “post-arrival interview” with Cameron. #uploadingdelays

Now, Time To Celebrate!

Well, I don’t know what to say other than, after all that, it was time to eat and have a small birthday celebration at Boston Pizza…

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Jamie and Grammy Helen. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Fed and happy.

 

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Mommy and me selfie! A keeper. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Too Excited Too Sleep

Well, what a day, not much more to say, the photos and videos tell it all.

Monday night, Cameron did not go to sleep until 11:55 p.m. And not until asking, “Mom I wear my tuxedo tomorrow to school??” To which I, of course, told him, “Yes.” Then not quite assured, he added, “And the shirt, shoes and tie too??” “Of course Cam, of course,” I told him. “Go to sleep!”

The following morning, I Wear My “Tuxedo” To School?

The next day, despite his late bedtime the night before, he was up and anxious to get into his suit (tuxedo). Off to school we went, I went in with him, hoping to get a photo with his Principal, VP or teachers, but he was having none of that. Directly into the cafeteria he proceeded, where the kids assemble prior to the first bell. And, there, he waited for someone to notice him in his suit….

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Patiently waiting.

Maybe I was tired…

I have to say, it might have been fatigue, because I don’t allow my heart to break very often for Cameron.

To me, letting my heart break is equivalent to saying his life is sad or that he can’t cope and both these statements are not true, but sometimes I cannot control my heart. After all the activity of the week leading up to Monday, I guess I was tired, and when I looked at him sitting there in the cafeteria waiting for his schoolmates to notice him, my heart broke, just a little.

This is my boy, this is my son and I love him with all my heart.

I didn’t see it, but one teacher told me a couple of girls came by and commented on how nice he looked. And that was great! I didn’t expect the other kids to jump up and run over, it was the first day back after the May long weekend after all, everyone had stuff to catch up on. The comment by the girls was enough for me, because I know that would be enough for Cameron.

Then, when the bell rang, and I saw him exit the cafeteria with all the kids, a young man in a ball hat walked by and said, “Hey Cameron, looking good.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Nice, my morning smile, just one of many. And, he was off to class in his “tuxedo”, AND shirt AND tie AND shoes…

My. Little. Prince.

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“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,ย what is essential is invisible to the eye.” —ย The Little Prince

  • Sheila Keeping

    Thanks for the post….Beautiful pics, Catherine……you did a great job! I think my favourite one of Cameron in the car on the way to the airport……he has an excited grin that is so cute. I must say his big Sis is beautiful…..she looks a lot like her Mom!

  • Absolutely incredible account of an amazing day! Cam looked like a million bucks in his “tuxedo” and he carried out his “Royal Duties” perfectly! It’s so wonderful that the world gets to see that those with intellectual disabilities can do everything anyone else can do, and in many cases, do them even better! They are pure of heart and love to make others happy. Cam is a shining example of the incredible hearts of those with Down Syndrome. Be proud of yourself, Cam…because the rest of us certainly are proud of you! You’re a superstar!

  • Sandy Ramsay

    I know how proud you are of Cameron but I’m thinking the whole Island was proud of him on this day. What a great example to others….he got it perfect! Jamie also needs to be thanked….so proud of her little Brother and not needing the attention for herself. She is possibly the prettiest girl I’ve seen in a long time….except of course my Granddaughters. So, great job once again Catherine, no pushing just guiding….xx

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