“Oh de bare necessitEEES simple bare de ssiteees”, Owen goes running through the house singing. He loves the song The Bare Necessities. I think we both sing it wrong, I can never remember the word of any song though, and I’m sure I taught him the wrong words even though we’ve watched the video countless times. I sat watching Owen with pizza all across his face, playing on his tablet. Second dinner was worn well. My sensory child loves to squish his food when he eats. He understands what a mess is if we spill something but he doesn’t understand that him rubbing pizza all over his face or in his toes causes a mess if he runs through the house and also one on him. I explain to him that he needs to wash his hands and wipe his face. I don’t even try to explain his toes. Washing his hands is a sensory delight, he loves the feeling but washing his face makes him want to run and hide. Each step we need to take we have to act and react through numerous times. It can take him months or years to learn a skill. And me wiping off his face is something he can’t stand. I now talk him through each step. Getting him to hold his head up took me weeks of going through why he had to do it. The wiping of his face took even longer. There are days he still runs off screaming before he will let me touch his face. When he runs from me I make him come back, we count to ten, and try again. I can only imagine how this feels to his face. I’m thankful every day for his greater connection to the words we say and the conversations we have. The more he learns the more we both grow. He was happy most of the night, only having a few moments of frustration. His smile gets me through my days. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make today matter. 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.