Owen woke with his usual mission. He was ready for school and I’m thankful he likes to go. I cannot believe school will be out for the summer at the end of this month. My heart aches knowing how much he loves school and thrives with the routine. We sat together reading this morning as we waited to get ready for school. “Depot depot,” he said repeatedly and then I started asking him questions about it. What do you like about it, I asked. “Railroad tracks,” he started with and then said, “check for trains loopedy loop blue house brown blue house.” I like that he is starting to process conversations and interacting with me. I said, “can you spell horse” and he said, “neigh neigh.” He went on to spell several words for me. We stood out waiting for the bus and our neighbor came out to leave. When she drove away Owen went through a whole conversation about it. He said, “she’s leaving she left.” I like how he is processing the difference. Not long after that, he was off to school. When he came home he immediately wanted to give the bathroom a shower. I mean he wanted to take a bath. I truly believe the entire bathroom should be waterproof. He had fun in the bubbles and didn’t want to get out. When he came to the kitchen he saw the bananas on the counter. “Bananas in the trash,” he said. I told him no that I would eat them. It took us years to get through bananas causing him hours of meltdowns so now I will randomly get them so he will see them. I want to have the conversations so that he understands his emotions and that bananas aren’t something he necessarily can avoid like the blue pants. It’s hard to imagine why a banana causes him so much pain . Especially when it was a food he absolutely loved. One day he will be able to tell me why it upsets him. Increasing his conversation skills will help him to be able to make those connections to why he does not like something. He was pretty calm the rest of the night and ate a big dinner. He asked to take several more baths before bedtime, but I told him he would have to take another one tomorrow. He was pretty tired so he only came out to talk to me one time before he fell asleep. I’m thankful for the conversations we are now having in the morning and the connections he is making to words. The path we walk may not always lead us to the destination we were supposed to go, but the adventure may be the destination after all. 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.