It was snowing as we walked to the bus stop. Before we even completely got out the door Owen started talking about “getting in car”. This is his new thing. We walk about a block to the bus stop, but now he always wants to get in the car. I told him that it wasn’t raining so we would walk. If the weather is bad I will drive us, but it was barely snowing as we started walking. I could hear the ice crystals as they were hitting the pavement. It almost sounded like little shards of glass. Owen stopped me as we were walking and said, “it’s snowing” holding out his hand to catch a flake. In that instance, I was overwhelmed with emotions. My boy, my sweet baby O, understood it was snowing and he was wanting to catch a snowflake in his hand. This was exciting for me. He grasped what was happening around him. And then I stopped in my tracks. I realized if I could hear the snow he could hear the snow. Maybe the sounds were too overwhelming for his senses and that’s why he wanted to ride in the car. I’ve always been sensitive to sounds and smells, but I’m even more aware of the pins that drop in the world. When we got to the bus stop his fascination for the snow quickly changed to the excitement for his bus approaching. There ain’t no smile like a bus approaching smile. The dude was happy to see it come. One of the greatest joys is when Owen expresses his love for something. When I picked him up from school, we were still standing there with his teacher, and he said, “I have to go to sweep and den” wanting me to say he would be back at school tomorrow. But what came next makes me the happiest. He said, “I loves school”. Yes, my sweet baby O, you love school. Through life’s challenges, there is always a moment to smile. Be motivated to make the change you want to see in 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.