CPL's Picnic in the Park
29 July 12
One of the joys of being in a metropolis is that there’s usually something exciting happening every weekend. Today we spent the day at a festival organised by the Cerebral Palsy League to mark the start of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week.
Early this morning, we needed to take Pa to a city station so he could catch the train back to his home in Sydney. As the the Cerebral Palsy League’s Picnic in the Park was being held at Roma Street Parklands today, it was the perfect combination of events for us!
We had a bit of time to spend before the festival began, so we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in a nearby food-court before walking to the park. On the way, we loved seeing the colourful murals painted on the tunnel walls and the rogue plants seemingly growing straight out of the concrete.
Our girls adore craft activities, and we were delighted to find a whole tent with a range of projects they could work on. There were little card shapes to paint, cards to make, masks to decorate and other painting options too.
We wandered around the grounds, trying out some other activities, before standing in line at the face-painting stall. Out of our four, only two wanted to get their faces painted when it was finally our turn. But the helium balloons handed out on the way kept everyone happy and occupied while we waited.
Lauren de Luca offers her face-painting services for parties in the Brisbane area, and she was lightning-fast with our girls. I haven’t seen this level of face-painting skill before and was really impressed with her work.
Aisha has really good memories of playing the laughing clowns game at Luna Park in Sydney earlier this year. I’m really pleased that she got to build upon her memories, try the game again and improve her skill level.
We decided to leave the festival when Calista ran out of energy. Interestingly enough, as soon as we were out of the crowds, she revived and enjoyed exploring the gardens as we made our slow way back to our car.
Today’s outing was another progression for me in becoming a single parent. The girls and I are able to objectively analyse our behaviour — retrospectively — and although we experienced a variety of negative behaviours from all four girls, I managed to stay mostly calm, cool and collected. It was great, however, to give ourselves the freedom to leave when we stopped having fun, and I wonder how many activities I’ve persisted at because I wanted to get “value for money”, even though we were long past the point of enjoying ourselves!
Yes, that looks like the perfect ending to a fantastic day out!