We are closing in on our routine again. Tomorrow is the day and it will be summer school. Owen woke a little after five and the miracle was in the next moments. He had a conversation with me. He said “tablet” first but he went forward quickly. “Good morning mommy,” he said. The smile washed across his face like he knew he was onto something because he saw the smile on my face. He kept going, “how are you mommy I’m fine did you sleep well wanna hug I love you.” The conversation flowed as it should even though it was completely one-sided. It all meant that he was understanding it, putting it together. I try to give him the general conversation with the hope that he will tell his story adding his words. These are the mornings I love when it is all so fluid for him. As we were getting ready for church I thought about the day we went for Owen’s swimming lesson. He didn’t think twice about me wearing my swimsuit and a sundress to the pool. Last year we worked on it when we went to the pool. I need to help him accept the mission of where we are going and that the expectation of blue pants isn’t always a reality depending on what place it is. Maybe this is something I can try to help him understand and not want everyone in blue pants. He did great at church and requested to go to the “big Donald’s” after church. He was very specific to want a “ten-piece chicken nugget and a cheeseburger.” The rain came right as we were leaving church so we were about to get out of the car to ride his bike and he was like “nopedy nope” so we went to get lunch instead. He told me he didn’t have a jean jacket or a raincoat and he said, “Owen needs a raincoat and a jean jacket.” He wanted to go to the green stop sign and the windows after we went to the “rollercoaster railroad tracks.” Also on the way home, he talked about his teacher and then said, “focus on today.” One of his therapists always tells him to focus on the activity he is doing so I’ve been using that with him at home and he is now connecting with it more. I heard him walking to the bathroom and he started saying “walking feet walking feet” and I thought again how excited I am for his swimming lessons because of the safety he is already showing even walking through our house. I’m thankful that Owen had a good day and I’m hoping he will sleep through the night to be rested for his big day tomorrow. We can be broken down by the complications of life or we can change those moments into when we grow into ourselves. Focus on the daily victories no matter how small they might be and look how your world will change. 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.