Today was a first for Owen. We went to see a movie. In a movie theater. And I cried all the way home. He did amazing. I was a nervous wreck. We broke all the theater rules that I was ever taught. He screamed, he jumped up and down in the aisle, we talked through the entire movie, he jumped from one seat to the next, and wanted to stay and go the entire time. We went to the sensory showing. The lights weren’t as dark, the level of the sound was lower, and all the things he did were absolutely allowed. What an emotional blessing. The movie was Frozen 2. We haven’t seen the original Frozen movie yet but I knew it was more about the experience for him and me. The movie was probably about an hour and a half too long for him but he truly did amazing. He wanted to go the entire time but as soon as something happened on the screen he would yell “knock at de door” or “did you see de water”. Throughout the whole movie, he pointed to things that were going across the screen. “Fire did you see the candle”, he said, jumping up and down. Towards the end, he was mostly sitting on my lap and I was having him gallop like the horse or move like the wind to keep him happy but we made it through the whole show. We got our jackets on and headed for the exit. He wanted to stay and watch the credits roll across the screen but I told him we would come back another day. My emotions got the better of me on the way home. My baby went to his first movie. My heart and my head are both about to explode. I’m thankful for the experience and that we got to stay the whole time. He did. I did. And together we make an awesome team. Sometimes the hardest thing is walking out the door with expectations. Let life grow you and remember you are stronger than you can even imagine. And we still have bowling on the agenda. 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.