“Nederlandse,” Owen said to me. I opened one eye. I wasn’t sure what he said or if that is what he said but he handed me his tablet and that was on the screen. All the languages he knows amaze me. I don’t even know what time that was but I said he needed to go back to bed. He said, “tv in your room.” That meant he was going to watch tv in his room only because that is what I would say to him but it meant he was going to watch tv in the living room really loudly. On our way to church this morning I talked to Owen about praying, and kindness and grace since we spent a good deal of the morning discussing that he should look me in the eyes and not at my legs as soon as I put on pants. He will get an inch from my legs staring at them, stopping me in my tracks and I don’t exactly stop well. I wanted him to remember to not talk about blue pants when we got to church. I also like to talk to him about why we pray and how he can pray. I told him we can tell God we are thankful for the things we have and he told me he was thankful for one of his favorite people. That made this momma so very happy. He had a great day at church and was very calm. I love hearing the stories they have to tell me about his day and it makes me even more thankful. When we got home he wanted to go for a walk in the “little red wagon.” I told him that after he ate his lunch we would go. He has been talking a lot about pirates, treasure chests, and an app he plays with that gives the character new hats. Everything is intertwined together. He loves pirates from several different shows and apps as well. I told him we could get a treasure chest but he had to help me pick it out. When he has something in mind nothing else will do and it’s not a matter of convincing him otherwise. Plus, he wants Santa to bring him a pineapple hat to get out of the treasure chest. So I started showing him the treasure chests and he finally chose one. I started to order the treasure chest, pineapple hat, and the Spider-Man blanket I thought he wanted and he said, “pizza hat.” I said, I thought you wanted a Spider-Man blanket and he said, “not today.” I told him we could still order it and he said, “pizza hat” one more time. I told him I ordered it and it would be here Tuesday. For the rest of the night, he ran around saying “treasure Tuesday treasure Tuesday.” He was so giddy. He was laughing at the video that showed the different hats in it and yelling, “present from Santa treasure Tuesday.” I was so excited to have all the different conversations with him. “I get a treasure on Tuesday,” he said. Then he said “Monday” and he paused. It was almost like a question but I said, what do you do on Monday? He said his teacher’s name for Monday and then “treasure on Tuesday.” I said, you go to school first and then treasure on Tuesday. I didn’t want him thinking he would miss school so he could go on a treasure hunt. He ran off singing, “treasure Tuesday. He handed me his tablet and said, “p is for plugin.” He then came up to me and said, “medium large.” He was watching Mickey so I took three objects and he had to put them in order. He did it several times for me. It’s all clicking. I was emotional today but these moments brought me clarity and strength. The gift of time spent with my sweet baby O is better than anything else in the world. Sometimes I forget the little things are the important moments. I have to remember that time is precious, his voice is what my heart needs to hear, and his laughter fills all the holes in my soul with a brightness I never knew before. I’m learning what truly matters and that is because Owen is telling me his story of life. I can’t wait for “treasure Tuesday.” I don’t know exactly how it will go but when you have Santa and pirates involved I’m sure it will be good. But first Monday. I pray for a good night’s sleep and a beautiful day tomorrow. Find your happiness and shout it from the rooftops for the world to hear. 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.