The day felt rushed before I even got out of bed. I pushed myself to be as quiet as I could so I didn’t wake Owen up. I prayed I could go through all the steps to get back to my bed with my cup of coffee and let him sleep. I succeeded which only proved he really has been tired the last few days and maybe a growth spurt is on its way. He slept for about another hour. The “tablet” march started right outside his room but he came straight to me once again. Before he even got to me I started asking him lots of questions and he told me so many things. This is where my blessing started for the day. I asked him what his favorite part from yesterday was and he said, “Grandma.” He then told me without my prompting about his pants getting muddy. He said, “fell in the mud” which meant he sat down in it with glee. He went on to tell me about taking a bath. He sat with me for at least ten minutes without getting his tablet. It was a great way to start our morning. He was ready to get to church. He talked a lot about finding mud but I wasn’t sure how that would go. During our church service, the kids sang. There are so many emotions attached to moments like these. Owen has been up on stage before but someone has to stay with him and he doesn’t always cooperate even though he loves to sing. It’s hard for him to hold still or still enough to stand there to sing. After church was over I got him from his classroom and he wanted to go sit in the auditorium. He told me he wanted us to sing. He sat down in the chairs and opened his mouth really wide with no words coming out but he kept telling me he wanted to sing. I am not sure if he even knew the kids were singing today but I know that one day he will sing on that stage with all his might and on his own when he is ready. And maybe a few times before with a little help from his friends. There were a lot of his emotions tied up in mud so after the great debate we grabbed lunch and came home. Since he likes visiting statues I’ve been looking up others in the area and finding out the general history. I then found them on Google Earth to show him. At first, he wanted nothing to do with it but now he is interested so we will see. I’m going to attempt to take him to one tomorrow after his music therapy. Most days it’s “lay down” day but today was “don’t fall” day. Technically he wanted to also “lay down” in front of the elevators but it was too crowded at the time so I told him not to and he listened. After he ate his lunch he purposely fell to the ground on top of his blankets so he could say, “Be easy that will hurt don’t fall.” And when the dinner meal happened he didn’t want to leave it out so he poured his milk all across the floor when I went to the bathroom. I heard the same phrases coming from his mouth and he was sitting down in the milk. This was after his requested bath before dinner. You would think I would be one step ahead of him by now but he’s always ten ahead of me. Bedtime came swiftly but once again with a big debate of whether he should have his tablet in bed or not. He’s ready for his busy day tomorrow and he told me he was going to play Mozart on the ukulele with his music therapist. And one day he will. The blessings were there even though sometimes the valleys felt low. The laughter this morning was the best when he told me to tickle him one more time putting his foot in my hand. Find your blessings in the little things and watch how your world changes. 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.