I’m thankful. Today was a beautiful day. Sleep is an amazing thing and I needed every bit of it. Owen slept all night long. I even had to make a little extra noise to get him up for school. He’s had many very busy days and we’ve done more than we’ve done in a very long time. We didn’t have much time to get him ready for school and to wait for the bus. I told him yesterday that he was going to his therapy today. I wanted to make sure he understood he was only seeing the one doctor. I didn’t want him to get confused when his plans didn’t happen. While we stood out waiting for the bus I reminded him that he was going to his therapy today. I also talked to him about all the different activities he did this weekend. I rehearse conversations with him so he understands the different ways he can tell his story. Plus, I want him to know that he can tell people about his day and they will be excited for him. I told him to let his teacher know about the parties and I said he could tell her about his Spider-Man costume if he liked. After the bus came I sent his teacher a message so she would know some of the activities we did. I always like to let her know what we do and talked about so that she will have some type of context when he might say certain words to her. When he came home from school he knew exactly where we were going. I gave him a snack and we were on our way. We passed the bowling alley along the way and I asked him if he wanted to go bowling. He quickly said, “no.” It was easily over a year since we had last been. He couldn’t handle going again for some reason and we stopped. I had tried to take him numerous times and he would cry. The more we drove away from the bowling alley the more I could tell he was thinking about it because his “no” turned into “bowing bowing.” He never says the L in bowling. I asked him again and he said no one more time. As we waited to see the doctor he started talking about bowling and I thought I’ll encourage it for another day because you never know what he’ll be thinking after we leave the appointment. I told him we could go tomorrow after school or Wednesday after breakfast with grandma since he has no school. He said he wanted to go bowling today. I was hesitant. It had been a year. He kept talking about it and talking about it. He did great at the appointment, only talking to one lady about her lack of blue pants but didn’t scream at her. When we left he said he wanted to go bowling. I said that we could try but I wasn’t sure if they were open. “Let’s try,” he said, mimicking the words I’ve said to him so many times. I told him I had to make sure I had socks. I always carry socks in my purse for these types of occasions but I wasn’t sure since it had been so long. I got him out of the car and I realized I needed to put our armband on us. He probably would be fine without it now but I can’t have him running down the lane to talk to the pins again. He walked in with me and I could feel his excitement. They were so happy to see us. I explained that we were going to try and bowl and they got us to our lane. He didn’t want to stop. He had an incredible time. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. I told him we could go again when he wanted to. It is like his brain clicked right back into the same moment a year or so ago. He went through the same words he would say when we went home previous times. “Under path underpass,” he said as we passed the road the underpass was located. It was very interesting to watch the process unfolds as we drove home. I’m not sure why he stopped wanting to go but it was very emotional for him and it was very emotional for me to see the joy return for him when we walked back through the doors. His teacher let me know that he mentioned several things he did over the weekend including seeing his grandma and going to the party. He didn’t tell her he was Spider-Man but to have all the other conversation and detail was wonderful. Today is a stepping stone for tomorrow. Some days can be rough but always remember tomorrow is a brand new day. The night went fast but there was joy that surrounded us both and for that I’m thankful. Keep moving forward and be inspired by the little things. 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.