I can tell you today did not come soon enough for Owen. It was back to school day after the long holiday break for him. And my boy rejoiced. It was two full weeks and from his reactions, I think he gave up about day ten that he wasn’t going back to school. He would get very emotional about it. He asked, by saying, “I have to go to sweep and den” wanting me to fill in the blanks of what would happen the next day after he went to sleep. Every night and every day and many times over he would ask that question, sometimes saying, “go to sweep”. It’s his go-to saying so he knows what is happening for the next day. He loves his routine and it helps when it all stays the same. When I picked him up from school he asked the question before we left the classroom, he asked it multiples on the way home, and almost on cue came running to me asking it again. I am very thankful he loves school. When we got to the bus stop this morning he was giddy with excitement. Then the bus turned the corner, he grabbed both my hands and started moving around, swinging my arms. His smile was as bright as the stars and it carried me through my day. His excitement has not stopped since he got home. He thrives on routine and he loves learning. He doesn’t comprehend why there are changes to his schedule and he can’t do something he wants to do. To me, it is a learning process, as well. I have to come up with ways to explain life’s changes. He is only now, after years of working with him, able to handle visual displays of schedules or events that are taking place. Anytime I tried to show him on a diagram or something like a calendar he would throw it on the ground or rip it off the wall. I tell Owen all the time we are a team and together we will get through this. For today I’m over the moon with the happiness that radiates from my sweet baby O. Find something in life that inspires you and brings you joy. 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.