Last Wednesday the Arthur Mawson Children's Centre was officially opened. I think you would have liked the fuss.
I took the day off work and travelled up to Shepp, along with Mum and Dad. Kerrie and Wayne were there too. We sat up the front, along with the Mayor (Jenny Houlihan) and the Minister (Wendy Lovell).
The dignitaries. Except they put us on kid-sized chairs. I suppose it was quite fitting.
The Mayor held up proceedings for a moment before her speech - she had to take a photo for her Twitter. It's an internet thing Poppa, a sign of the times and it was very funny.
Mum gave a speech on behalf on your family. She did great - a little teary but she managed to finish. I was battling tears by the end of Mum's speech too. I was proud of her.
The kids did so well, sitting quietly in their chairs with just a little wriggling, right through to the Minister's speech. Halfway through that one they all disappeared to the play equipment. Can't say I blame them though - she did talk for a bit.
There was the ceremonial unveiling of the plaque, complete with photo opportunity, then Kerrie helped plant a tree. It's a Plane tree - I think that's how you spell it - so it'll provide wonderful shade. It has a bit of growing to do first though.
A photographer from the newspaper called the kids over for a photo. Everyone would pose then another kid would run over and jump in the photo and the process start again. You had to laugh.
It was the first time I'd been to the kinder and one of the friendly council workers gave me a tour. It seems like a great space. I can see myself enjoying playing with the wooden blocks and toys, even at my age, and I recognised the metal a-frame playground equipment from the old kinder at St Andrews. I used to climb on them when I was a kid!
The opening finished with an afternoon tea inside. Families had bought dishes to share and the variety of cultures and backgrounds were very much apparent. So different from when I was a kid, let alone you Poppa. When the kids rushed the food tables I had to escape - asked question after question about what they could and couldn't do. I didn't know the answers!
Anyway Poppa, that was the opening of the Arthur Mawson Children's Centre. I'm glad I made the effort to attend. It gave me a good feeling - there seemed to be a real sense of community and people were proud of the kinder.
You were proud of the kinder. Proud of what your work and efforts had achieved, and proud that they'd been recognised so publicly. I wish you could have been there with us to enjoy the fuss they'd have made.
Love you and miss you, D.