A little after five Owen was beside me with a mix of words. “Tablet then adventure then a dress,” he said. I said, “Good morning Owen how are you,” running all my words together with him interrupting before I finished, which I knew he would. “Good morning Mommy I’m fine adventure then home then a dress,” came his reply. Friday nights are supposed to be home preparing for his Saturdays. And Saturdays seem to be full of mud anymore. Oh, how the times are the same yet changed so much. I know it was a lot to ask of Owen to do something on a Friday night but we have to start the process of change and adapting to when something randomly comes up. Routine would be amazing if we could keep it all the time but that’s not how this happens. Before I could suggest that he go to the bathroom he asked for “waffles and chocolate milk adventure then home then a dress.” A dress means to him that I am in my nightclothes and that means we can’t go anywhere else. I told him to go to the bathroom and then I would fix him some breakfast after I went. By the time I walked to the bathroom, he still hadn’t gone because he was sitting on the vent. He loves it when winter comes because he wants to sit on the vents. I have found nothing that stops this moving train. I even attach objects to the vents and he pulls them out of the floor which leads to more problems. The next house will have no floor vents. He ate the one waffle I made him and most of his cereal before he asked for “another waffle please.” I got dressed and put “blue pants” on both of us. I didn’t want this to be his focus today when we were going on our adventure. We went outside to wait for the bus and off he went. I was wondering if our adventure would really happen. I was hoping and praying but routine is routine. One change can cause the ripple effect and that can change our days too. He is still concerned about this coming Monday since we didn’t get to go to his vision therapy appointment because of the traffic and when your child does not forget a thing there’s always that. I was ready for whatever the day brought us. He got off the bus and he said, “Adventure.” But it didn’t stop there. He went on “no adventure” and before anything else could happen I said, “Are you excited about your adventure we are going to eat a snack and then go keep your shoes on and it won’t be long” once again running all my words together. He went back through his list “adventure then home then a dress.” I said yes and the shoes stayed on. He didn’t take them off. This was progress. As planned we were out the door not too much after he finished his snack. He said, “It’s a giving thanks adventure” in the car and wanted to make sure we were going home afterward. We got to the bus garage and he was excited to see people and the buses but it wasn’t long before he was ready to go. It felt like a victory for me and it was nice to talk to people. It was good though for him to see that we could go someplace and still be able to get back home to get ready for his Saturday. I’m truly thankful for the bus drivers and all the support staff because I know how much they all work so hard to help my son. As soon as we left he started talking about the railroad tracks and the depot that are right near where we were. We took a little detour for him to see them and then he got back on his request to be home. The night went quickly but he was anxious about tomorrow. He got out of bed several times to make sure he was going to see his grandma tomorrow. I pray that he sleeps tonight. I told him we were going on more giving thanks adventures next week so hopefully he will be more prepared. I’m thankful for his growth and for the great day we had. Tomorrow is a brand new day. Rejoice and be glad in it. 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.