When you wake up at four in the morning so you can figure out how to work on your bowling game you might be hooked. I heard Owen talking in his room about how to get a strike. He said, “come on ball”, hearing the words from a video he has watched countless times. He kept going, “we need a strike straight straight”. My words followed, “we need more power”. And with that, I heard him rounding the corner. He was in my face in seconds. “Big hug”, he said as he crawled in next to me. I hugged him and told him to lay down it was still nighttime. I think that lasted two point two seconds. “Wanna go to the bathroom let’s try”, he said, running quickly to the bathroom. He told me he was going to turn the lights on and I told him let’s not. It was barely five at this point. From there, our day took off. He wanted to discuss Russian, Italian, and Thai. Plus a language that I don’t even know what it was. One to research for sure. He wanted to watch videos about how to fix a motherboard or maybe it was to install one. I’m not sure and the video he watched was in Japanese, I believe. I asked him what they did and he said, “fix the computer”. Okay, maybe fixing computers is next on our list. He told me why flamingos were pink because of their “food”, he said. He kept asking when we were going to church and at that point, we still had more than three hours. He ate his breakfast, he asked if we could bake but we didn’t have enough time before church. We started a meal in the crockpot but this is not as exciting I guess as getting to scream at the mixer for making noise that he turns on high. We got ready for church. I asked him to wear his black sneakers knowing that he would once again say “blue pair”. His black pair is exactly the same besides the color and he got the blue pair a couple of weeks sooner. I wanted him to have a few pairs to choose from. He said no to the black pair so I told him to choose between sandals that he hadn’t worn yet or his red shoes that he’s worn twice. I look over and he is trying to put his sandals on. Score, I thought. He would have gotten it on too if it hadn’t been for the velcro strap too tight. The progress is quite outstanding. I helped him finish getting dressed and we put his sandals on. As we were leaving I told him to wear his hat to show them at church. And he actually did. That is years in the making. All of those moments are big huge rewards to my heart. On the way to church, he told me it was “May 23rd 2021”. I smiled even bigger. The day always holds a special place in my heart. It was my Grammy’s birthday. And she would have loved Owen. He walked into church looking so big to me. We cooked together earlier in the day but he came to me and said, “let's bake”. I’m thinking it was a plot to get out of bedtime but maybe he really wanted to. I told him we would tomorrow. He started asking for school tomorrow and to see his beloved teacher and with that another day is done. Believe in the hope, know that you are stronger than you think you are, and tomorrow is a brand new day. 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.