I heard the thunder make its destination announcement in the distance. My mind started racing about the time and how it would affect Owen meeting the bus. I prayed it would not be bad when he went to school. We slept through the night again. Now that he’s back in routine he’s sleeping better. I’m thankful for this and I know it will help him with other things. I got my coffee and the morning routine was set in motion. I said it was time to get ready and Owen said, “you wear blue pants.” I told him I was going to wear flowered pants. He said, “mommy wear shorts.” I thought about the incredible progress he was making. We got dressed, and I kept hearing the rain. We walked out and stood on the porch. He wanted to go walk towards the street where he could see the bus, but it started raining harder and lightning. I tried to convince him to stay on the porch, but at first, he still wanted to go, I distracted him by telling him I was going to get the umbrella from the car. When the bus arrived, it was raining really hard, but thankfully his excitement for the bus won out and he was able to go get on the bus. I’m thankful for the bus and school staff who understand and care so much for my son. They all go out of their way to help him and try to make the transition as easy on him as possible. He had a great day at school and thankfully when he got home it wasn’t raining. As soon as he got off the bus, he started talking about his schedule for the days ahead. He said, “grandma church bus.” He was ready for each of the days ahead. He is definitely growing because he ate all night long. He needed a lot of sensory input and was moving around a lot. He got into his body sock and that really helped calm him. The night went quickly and he kept talking about going to grandma’s tomorrow. I’m thankful for a good day even in a situation like having rain that was so difficult. I gave him some extra time before he went to bed, but he still didn’t want to fall asleep. I finally said the magic word and asked him if he wanted to go to grandma’s tomorrow. All I had to do was mention her name and he was off to get ready for bed. I’m thankful for today and I’m thankful for his growth. His singing and his smile are what made my day. Every day can be a victory. Celebrate the little things, because truly they will change the world. 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.