As far as I know, I haven’t learned to silence rain, especially at three o’clock in the morning. The rain must have woken Owen and he certainly let me know it. He was already in bed with me at this point and he started screaming for me to “shut the rain off today”. Oh, how I wish I could. He then was ready to go to the park with his friend and there was no changing his mind. I told him that it was in the middle of the night and we couldn’t go to the park in the middle of the night. He insisted that we should. I’m exhausted thinking about it. He then changed tactics and asked for his tablet. Again, why haven’t I learned that he is a lot more persistent than I can keep up with especially when it is raining and in the middle of the night. Okay, so any time night or day. I told him that he needed to go back to sleep so we could go to the park with his friend. How asleep was I to think this was a good statement. He started screaming again. At this point, I gave up and let him have his tablet. He then decided to watch tv and let me know the play by play even though I had told him he could have his tablet if he went to lay in his bed. One of us clearly follows their own rules. I told Owen all morning we were going to a different park and that it was going to have water at it. I was trying to prepare him. He loves water but he does not like to be in the car long. I got him dressed and he knew something was different because he had to put his swimsuit on. Maybe this was the spark we needed to get us there. We got in the car and he voiced his opinion a couple of times about where I should go but I reminded him of the end goal. We made it without a meltdown and very few screams. The screams mostly came when I needed to stop but he listened to instructions and we got there. As soon as he saw the water spraying in all different directions he was ecstatic. He ran around to the different sections and would stand under the spray. He hugged one of the poles at one point and stuck his finger in the hole to keep the water from shooting out. He sat down on the ground several times, playing under the downpour. I thought about the rain overnight and how if he only understood that it was so similar. He was ready to go about forty-five minutes after we got there and I thought that was a good amount of time for us. We said goodbye to our friends and we started the trek home. I was praying he would be fine on the way home. He once again he voiced his opinion a couple of times about where I was going and changed his mind about wanting and not wanting chicken nuggets but we got all the way home without a meltdown and only screaming when my singing was not met to his approval and I didn’t follow his driving directions. The afternoon was spent playing on his tablet, eating a lot of food, and talking in every language he could think about. It was a very full day and he is ready for the rest of his week. He even told me he was “going to feed Otter on Thursday”. The horse of course has been added to our routine. I’m thankful for our victories today. I’m exhausted but thankful. Follow your heart, dream the big dreams, and make them all come true. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.