I thought I just swept the floor, but I see a distinct trail of veggie straws as I look around the kitchen all the way into the living room. I didn’t catch Owen fast enough as he ran from the kitchen into the living room and every last veggie straw crumb I believe may have fallen off of him along the way. His new trick is to run to the bathroom, slam the door, turn the water on and off, and run right back out the door. No time for handwashing there. He prefers to run straight into the living room if I don’t remind him to wash his hands. And he certainly doesn’t like that I already figured out his no washy de hands trick. He’s chewed through another shirt today and he started chewing on his ukulele strap as he was playing. I got him to sing instead, but he was going to town on the strap at first. I got him a new strap for his ukulele. I showed him that it had rocket ships, planets, and astronauts on it. He doesn’t really pay attention to anything that has designs on it yet, but I always try to show them to him. I like to reference color or whatever is unique about the object hoping that he will understand the details. I’ve always wanted to know what his favorite color is. I have a little lump in my throat thinking about that. I try to explain to him what that means. I use veggie straws as an example. To me, veggie straws are his favorite food. He used to call them “cracker”, but now calls them veggie straws, which brings a huge smile to my face thinking about how far he has come and how much he has grown. I explain to him that mommy’s favorite color is pink, but I also like orange and purple. I tell him that he can like lots of things, but he might like something more like veggie straws and that would be his favorite. One day at a time I remind myself and think about the miles we have traveled already. The path we take may be constantly changing but we walk it together. Keep moving forward. Find your happiness and know that today is one moment in time. 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.