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The Seaman Family, Cicero, Indiana

Friday, June 1, 2001
We never knew that the arrival of Rufus would be so exciting! Since Eric is a bit older than most of those Rufus has visited (age 10) he couldn't have arrived in better "style." Alexandrea, Eric's 11-year-old sister, has just joined the middle school band and has to be at practice at the school every morning at 10 a.m. While we knew Rufus was coming "special delivery" we never thought about having to sign for him. After all, Eric's pump and supplies (valued at approximately $6,000) didn't have to be signed for. Fed Ex just dropped them off on our front porch. I guess we shouldn't have assumed that cargo as precious and priceless as Rufus would be left as well. We had dropped Alex off at school, just 5 minutes away, only to come home and find a note on our door saying we had missed the Fed Ex man and he would redeliver Rufus sometime on Monday. What? This is unacceptable! Rufus has a date with 41 children with diabetes this Sunday at the Indianapolis Zoo! We have plans to take Rufus to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis this afternoon! We have to find Rufus! Off we go in search for the Fed Ex truck! Rufus must be freed!

Woo! We found Rufus after driving through town for about ten minutes. (It seemed like an eternity!) Once we saw the Fed Ex truck there was so much excitement! Eric and I were both screaming with joy! We did a highly illegal u-turn and started honking the horn and flashing the headlights. We could see the Fed Ex driver looking at us through his side mirror. He finally had the courage to pull over and I ran up to him waving the Fed Ex slip in the air as if it were a winning lottery ticket! We finally signed for Rufus and we headed home in hopes of freeing Rufus from the confining cardboard box.

It was so exciting opening up the box and finding Rufus and all his goodies! Eric thinks this Rufus is much bigger than the Rufus he already has. Upon comparison we find they are the same size. Perhaps it is his celebrity status that makes this Rufus seem so much larger than life! We took an opportunity to look at all the stuff that came with Rufus and read excerpts from his journal. Boy, Rufus sure has been a lot of places and it appears he's much loved by all those he's already visited.

With Rufus freed we headed to school to pickup Alex from band practice and off to pickup Danika. Danika, who is a friend to both Alex and Eric, will be joining us at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The kids spend much of their time traveling to the museum reading up on the many adventures of Rufus. Did you know that the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the United States' Largest Children's Museum? It's a 356,000-square-foot facility in comparison to the second largest 57,000-square-foot Chicago Children's Museum. That's six times larger!

At the museum we visited the SpaceQuest Planetarium. We listened to stories told by Native American Indians about how the stars, sun, and planets came to be. It was really cool! Eric, Rufus, Alex, and Danika "borrowed" iBook computers from the computer lab. You wouldn't believe what we had to do in order to "borrow" the computers. We had to give them one of our shoes! Gross! How would you like to get a job at the museum only to find out that you can to trade smelly shoes for computers all day!? Rufus sat with Eric and played a game on the computer. We also got to join in a dinosaur dig. We got tools and goggles and went in this pit that had some dinosaur bones already exposed. Our job is to help expose more of the bones. Man! This is hard work. We also got to see an exact replica of See Through Sue. This is a dinosaur that is named after the woman who discovered it. Sue was pretty big and mean looking. Imagine how long it took them to unearth a real dinosaur that size! Before leaving the museum we bought Rufus a pin as a souvenir. It really looks good on him!

Saturday, June 2, 2001
Rufus, Alex, and Eric stayed inside all day. It's pouring down rain and has been for the last week or so. We sure do hope it clears up tomorrow. The zoo isn't much fun in the rain. Mom finally got a chance to talk to her friend Julia over the phone. They meet on the Children with Diabetes website. Julia (A2angelmom) and Mom have been talking to each other over the Internet for more than a year. Mom's really excited that Julia will be at the zoo tomorrow and they'll be able to meet in person.

Sunday, June 3, 2001
The weather gods have really blessed us! We spent the day at the Indianapolis Zoo and had a blast! There were over 180 people there representing over thirty-nine families of children with diabetes. Rufus came along and met many of the children who were there. Rufus wasn't the only Rufus there but he was the best traveled Rufus. Bayer Diagnostics, who make all kinds of diabetes stuff including the Dex meter that Eric has used the past two years, is the sponsor/maker of Rufus. He was invented by a mom of a child with diabetes but Bayer is the one who makes and distributes the bears. They gave every kid who had diabetes their very own Rufus or Ruffles. (Ruffles is the girl version.) This made a lot of kids really happy. Bayer got together with Marsh Supermarkets and paid for everyone to go to the zoo, gave us t-shirts, and even let us eat lunch right next to dolphins swimming in really big tanks. Eric got to see Conner Nobis, his friend from diabetes camp. Conner lives near Lafayette, Indiana. Mom took lots of pictures of Rufus doing fun stuff at the zoo. After the zoo, Eric went to a birthday party for his friend Kris. Mom wouldn't let Rufus attend the party because she was worried he'd be lost and we all know how special a bear Rufus is!

Monday, June 4, 2001
It's pouring down rain again and it doesn't look like it's going to stop. At least it didn't rain on all of us at the zoo.

Tuesday, June 5, 2001
Time to get Rufus ready for his trip to the Quirk family in Australia. Alex washed his shirt and pants and then, while they were washing, gave Rufus a much needed brushing out. We also made him a little MiniMed pump to wear from now on. It looks just like the one that Eric wears. We hope that Rufus is able to have tighter control with his pump the way Eric has. We were planning on sending him out today but the pictures we took at the zoo and museum aren't back yet. We're sad to seem him go but we know that he'll have fun in Australia, Thanks for visiting us Rufus! We had a great time with you and so did all the kids at the Indianapolis Zoo. Hope you have fun "Down Under"!

Love, Eric, Alex, and Charla Seaman

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Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.

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