Owen slept all night; only coming to my bed a little after five. His first words, standing next to my bed, “wanna milk momma getcha some”. Then he realized he needed to go to school, and he wanted to go right that second. He was an inch from my nose, yelling his teacher’s name repeatedly. Within a few moments of waking I am thrust into Owen’s anxiousness. I have to adjust my thoughts to keep up. I have to remain calm, get him calm, and breathe. I explained to him that he was going to school today, that he would get to see his teacher, because he was feeling better. The art of distraction took over; turn on the lights, I said. I told him to go get his milk; I now keep his cup ready in the refrigerator, so he can get it himself. I want him to have tasks that he can accomplish, while teaching him to take care of himself. As the morning wore on Owen calmed. When I told him it was time to get ready he quickly listened to all my instructions; this is not always the case. As we were walking to the bus stop, he was talking to me a lot. When we were waiting for the bus, there was a bird in the tree, singing it’s song. He loves an episode of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse that has the characters searching for the mommy red bird of a baby bird they found. I asked him if he thought it was mommy red bird, singing for her baby. He was so intense in the moment, smiling, and laughing. He called out, “mommy red bird”, and laughed some more. His face was vibrant with excitement. I try to find real world examples of what he likes on his tablet; hoping that he makes a connection to these moments. The bus came around the corner, and it was time for him to go. I’m thankful he is feeling better, and I’m thankful for the amazing journey we are on. The look in his eyes today brought hope to me, made me realize how far we have come, and I know that everything will be alright. I look at the world with my eyes wide open, knowing that tomorrow is a brand new day, and that through determination, and hard work you can accomplish great things. Keep moving forward. 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.