I heard Mickey and Donald on the farm before I even could think about what was happening. It was three o’clock in the morning and there Owen was wide awake. I fell asleep so many times before midnight, waking at every noise, and then once I was awake I was awake and I couldn’t fall asleep. I only slept a little bit by the time he got up. I told him to come to my room and leave his tablet, but that did not go over so well. He was awake and at least he was being quiet about it. The morning went quickly and he was extremely ready for school. He was not however ready for me to wear black pants. I’m trying to break the mold or our ways or our mindset or something. He was not pleased but instead of asking me to change to blue pants today he asked me to wear “camo pants today and blue pants tomorrow.” Camo pants it was. I changed. It was not an easy decision but I did it. We went out to wait for the bus and he was happy to sing our songs and listen to Siri translate his phrases. He heard the bus way before it turned the corner. He started jumping up and down with excitement. And off he went. When he came home from school I told him that we were going to his friend’s birthday party. At first, he said no no no but he really didn’t understand. I went on to explain where it was going to be and what we would be doing. I told him we had gone to the place before. He still wasn’t sure but was starting to say he wanted to go. It’s hard for him to completely comprehend the concept. It’s something that I have to go into detail with him. He used to get upset and sometimes still does if I show him pictures but I pulled up the website and showed him the pictures so it will help him understand where we were going. I scanned forward but he immediately hit the arrow back to see the slides. He then started asking me when we were going. We still had several hours but he asked me numerous times. He would come around the corner from his room and say, “party.” We got to the place and he couldn’t wait to go in. He even said hi to his friend. He went with me to the party room and then he took off his shoes so he could go on all the slides and equipment. He then went down numerous slides and through the maze. He was mastering several of the activities he had struggled with before. It was time to eat pizza so we went back to the room. He sat and ate his food, saying slide every bite he took. I told him when he was done he could go back. He played for another hour. At one point he saw it was dark outside and he said, “it’s nighttime.” A little bit later he laid down on the trampoline and asked for his blanket. I knew he was exhausted from being up since three and he was ready to go home. I told him he could go down the slide a few more times and then we would go home since they were closing. He did pretty well. He only told one guy to uncross his legs and two that they needed to leave for not wearing blue pants. He listened when I told him we needed to put his shoes back on and did great on the way home. He told me it was nighttime all the way home. We have a Halloween party to go to tomorrow night. I am not sure how he will handle another night of activities but we will see how the day goes. He doesn’t know about it yet but he gets to wear his Spider-Man costume and visit with more friends so he might be fine. It was an amazing day and I’m thankful for the smiles and the laughter. Tomorrow is your day. Seize the sunshine, smile in the glory, and know that you can move mountains. 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.