Love, compassion, and understanding that’s what we all want; that’s what we all deserve. Luckily, for Owen, and I, we haven’t had a lot of stumbling blocks, but some days I still see how the outside world looks at us. I know one thing for certain, Owen is my gift, and he was given to me, so that I could learn how to be more compassionate, and forgiving. I look at him navigating through a world that doesn’t always make sense to him, and even sometimes to me, but I see him growing, and thriving; even on our harder days. We went to lunch today with some friends. On the way to the restaurant, I asked Owen what he wanted for lunch. I said, “do you want chicken, fish, or pancakes”. He promptly said, “shwrimp”. He knew what he wanted. To my surprise shrimp was on the kid’s menu. I would have ordered the shrimp anyways for him, because he asked for it. He did beautifully at the restaurant. He sat in his chair the whole time, he ate most of his lunch, and he interacted with our friends. We went bowling after lunch. It was a different bowling alley than we normally go to, and as they say there were a few hitches in our giddy up, but Owen did amazing through it all. For dinner I asked Owen if he wanted chicken, or fish, since he had shrimp for lunch. He said, “sauswish”. So we had sausage for dinner. Through moments of rain I still see the sunshine in my son. I’m so thankful for his words, his growth, and his smile. Through his eyes my world has gotten so much bigger, and brighter. Tonight as we sing Christmas carols on St Patrick’s day I know that life will always be an adventure with my sweet baby O. Find what makes you smile, let the world see you shine, and make today matter. 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.