Quietness in your soul doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t growing. Sometimes those moments of silence shed new light on how you can move forward. Owen slept a little bit later than most days. That extra few minutes always feel like a victory. I don’t think I have completely processed that he sleeps most nights all the way through. This is years in the making. On the weekends he doesn’t generally get into bed with me after I get my coffee. I was surprised when he waited by the light for this moment. I was happy about it but I was surprised. I keep wondering if my words from yesterday were resonating with him. I try to get him to understand that we have to work together as a team, we can’t do all of this on our own. And even though he may not want to obey any rules he has to. On the way to church, I was asking him questions. I said can you name three languages. He said, “Thailand Hindi Turkish.” Then he started singing the alphabet in some language. When he was done he sang it in English forwards and then backward. So I asked him if he knew all the months. He said them and then did them backward. Then he did the days of the week backward. It was magical to hear all the connections and words. When we were leaving the church he wanted to “go sing from the good book with song,” he said. I let him ride his bike in the parking lot for a while. He is getting really fast and I’m trying to convince him he doesn’t want to fake crash or real crash. And he doesn’t have to pick up all the leaves or rocks in the parking lot. On the way home we got his food and he was much better this time about eating it. He wanted to take his bath the minute we got home. This is where the rollercoaster ride takes off. If I tell him he has to wait he asks me every two seconds. If I tell him he can take it right away he starts asking me to take another bath as soon as he gets out of the one he just took. It’s amazing how quickly he answers questions when he wants something but they are generally incorrect answers. I told him he could take a bath after he finished his dinner. I knew the answer but I asked as chicken sat on the plate if he was done with his dinner. He said, “yes ma’am finished dinner.” When I told him he didn’t finish his dinner he laughed and said, “bath.” You would think I would get this by now but I have to explain to him that he needs to answer questions correctly. Bath time came before dinner time was finished but it all works out in the wash. His prayer tonight was about being thankful his birthday is in March and he has friends. Quickly is not the word to describe him going to sleep since he came to my room five times but he was excited tomorrow was Monday and he was going to school. Find what makes your heart sing and let everyone hear the beautiful melody of your soul. 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.