We went to see the “gooey fish” at Cabela’s. That’s how Owen references the fish there. He makes the connection to them from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. When we were leaving we talked with two associates. I explained that Owen loves to come see the fish. He told them about the fish, and the other animals we came to see. One of them suggested he needed a hat. They gave Owen a baseball cap with Cabela’s on it. I wasn’t sure how Owen would react to it, but I was so excited to receive it. Owen doesn’t generally like to wear things on his head. His teacher can get him to wear his hood of his coat, but I can’t. That’s part of the rules. When we got in the car I put the hat on him again. I told him to wear it for me. He did. For the rest of the afternoon he would occasionally put the hat back on. This was huge progress. We then went to “bob evaN resRonT”. He did amazing. He asked to go. I want to take him to different places to establish a routine for him, but yet I also want to change it up, so if we can’t do something it won’t upset him as much. After we left Bob Evans we needed to go to the post office. This has become a place that Owen doesn’t want to go to, but I thought I would try a different one, and see how he did. Off to the mall we went. He got to ride the elevators, and I got to go to the post office in the mall. I didn’t tell him it was the post office, it looked like any other store. We were in, and out in five minutes. I told him as we left that he did amazing at the post office. He said, “no post office”. Soon we’ll have to try the post office near us that has caused him so many meltdowns to see if we can overcome it. One step at a time I tell myself. We finished off our day with his beloved coffee shop, and bowling, followed up with a visit for him with his grandma, so I could do some shopping. I’m very proud of how far Owen has come. We did a lot today. On the way home our light got us, and the meltdown was a big one. I have to stay focused on the beautiful journey we had today, and not that one moment in time. Today was a great day. Find what makes you happy, go after your dreams, and celebrate your victories. 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.