Sometimes routine has to be broken. There are times when it is good to push our limits, both of our limits, but it can also cause spiraling emotions ahead. Last night we went over to a friend’s house for dinner. It definitely pushed our limits, but it was great for us to do. Owen has expectations of how his day should go or even when we do things together. When he goes to someone’s house he doesn’t expect me to stay. And if I do stay, he expects us to not stay long. He did great though. We ate dinner, he interacted with our friends, and he listened really well. When we got home, he still wanted to go through his same routine even though it was later than normal. He slept through the night, coming to me a little earlier than our normal wake up time, but then fell asleep for another hour. This simple excursion is not so simple to me. It’s a mind boggling game of putting all the right pieces in the right place, praying for it to all go smoothly, and no meltdowns after the fact. And last night was picture perfect. Autism is as much about how I handle it as it about Owen having it. The sky is the limit for Owen, we just have to work through the layers to get there. He asks every day for his teacher, he gets to see her next week when summer school starts and for this I’m thankful. He loves riding the bus there, he loves being in the school atmosphere , and he loves riding the bus home. Today we push forward. It’s great to see my little boy thriving and learning. Owen inspired me every day to grow. Find your inspiration, be motivated, and watch your world grow. 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.