Owen’s smile is what gets me through our days. I pray out loud to God for calm, thinking that being loud is probably not promoting calm. Owen read himself to sleep last night, holding his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a small toy bus, with his stuffed “catApillWer” right next to him. There is great joy in seeing your child “read”. When he finished his bath he was ready to read. “Wanna read a book”, he said. He had already read his bath book and was eager to start reading our nighttime story. I let him choose, knowing which one he would select. I think he has all of his books memorized now. We are working on spelling and it is one of the activities I try to do in the car to preoccupy him from telling me the directions he thinks we are going. He yells, “turn right turn right” and wants me to go through each of the steps until our destination. I thought I was helping him when I explained mommy turns in different directions on our journeys, but it may have complicated it for him. He’s now constantly concerned as to which way we are turning. It may have also added to my stress, complicating the drive. If I don’t turn the direction he thinks we should be going he screams or cries. You would think I would have learned when I casually said that we weren’t going to go at a stoplight until it turned purple. Now he screams out “purple” when I don’t move fast enough when it is green. This causes more complications because the red lights already upset him. That’s when I focus on his smile. Share your joy, share your smile. You never know when someone will need to see it. Smiles to all and donut daze!
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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.