Today was a teacher planning day at Owen’s school. This meant he didn’t go. He actually handled it really well because he was going to spend time with his grandma. It still took him a while to process everything and he didn’t want to leave the house, but we got out the door. He still knew he would be going to church tonight and for that I’m thankful. The holidays are quickly approaching and it means more changes in our routine. It’s hard for him to understand why something is different. I am starting to see a difference in how Owen handles it when go places together or if I stay someplace I’m not supposed to be, interrupting the routine. For the longest time, I couldn’t stay at my parents' house when he was there. It certain wasn’t part of the routine and it wasn’t what he was used to. Owen sees the world partly as a picture in his mind and when it isn’t just so then it is a no go. The holidays make me even more aware of how hard it can be for Owen. For him, he doesn’t generally have the meltdowns in the new setting or when we are out of routine but they come later. He still talks about our electricity being out months ago from someone hitting a pole. When we got in the car this morning something upset him but all he could do was scream and point. He couldn’t explain what was wrong and I knew we had to move forward. It may take him months or years to explain it. That’s the amazing part about Owen’s voice, he holds onto memories from years earlier and tells me what he can when he can. This is the magical part of our journey. I’ve learned about the world through my son’s eyes and I know that I’m thankful for all that he has taught me. When we take a moment to reflect on the goodness of the world it gives you a whole new set of emotions. Let your light shine, know that you are worthy, and 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.