If you’re happy and you know it sing Old MacDonald. “No way”, Owen said as he sang about putting a kangaroo on the farm. He puts all animals and vegetables on the farm at some point, but he always adds no way when he doesn’t think they belong there. And sometimes for good measure and maybe a laugh. He’s had a very calm day. He listened for the most part and when I corrected him on something he didn’t have a huge meltdown. I worked with him on answering questions. This is something that is extremely difficult for him. When he woke up this morning I asked him what his name was. It took him years to make a connection to his name and to be able to answer what his name is. Now if I don’t ask him every so often he won’t answer me. I know he hasn’t forgotten his name, but it still takes him time to process it. I worked with him on other questions as well. “How old are you, Owen”, I asked. Then I would say exactly what he was supposed to answer. I questioned him about his favorite food too. I always say his favorite food is veggie straws, but I wonder now if it’s shrimp. Throughout the day I asked him these questions over and over again. Sometimes he would reply, other times scream or run away. I still felt like it was progress. I tried to stay ahead of our emotions today, trying to not rock the boat, and keep him focused and learning. He worked on several of his school apps and I wondered if he was thinking about school. I can’t even imagine how this next school year is going to go and it already breaks my heart knowing if he is not in the classroom it will be extremely hard for him to learn online. One day at a time I remind myself, knowing I can’t change it, and he has to be safe as well. He struggles with seeing people in masks so we really don’t go to many places that he will encounter people. And he doesn’t want me to wear one so that also limits us. His laughter pushed any thoughts of sadness away. I am thankful for his smile and that he listened to me because that means he was able to focus. Rejoice in your victories, share your story, and know that you are important. 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.