To say Owen was excited about seeing Santa might be an understatement of all understatements. He couldn’t wait to see Santa and wear his hat so much so that he woke up at two making sure I knew we were going to see Santa tonight. I tried to convince him to go back to sleep but he was not having it. That was that we were awake and we were discussing Santa. As the morning wore on he wanted to make sure that he was going to school on the bus and then he was coming home on the bus. He is very specific and wants to make sure he has all the details. He asked for waffles and ate them while he discussed more about seeing Santa. He said something about the “sled” and quickly changed the word to “sleigh.” I told him I didn’t think Santa would have his sleigh there or any of his reindeer. He was very shocked by this but moved on. We got ready and went outside to wait for the bus. This was such a mixed moment for him. He was so excited about seeing Santa tonight but he was also not happy that he would not be in school next week. He went back and forth on his words and what his expectations were for tonight and the week ahead. “Two weeks,” he said quickly followed by “not this Monday the following Monday” repeating words he’s heard from all of us. He got on the bus and off he went. When he got home from school, I was wearing my Santa hat and I brought his Santa hat out to the bus. He put his on, but he didn’t want me to wear mine. We went inside and he started talking about going to see Santa and his music therapist. He couldn’t wait to get there. I told him that we were going to eat a snack and then we would go. I had to time it right for how much traffic he can tolerate and which direction we go. Plus, I wanted to make sure he had time to adjust when we got there. He told me he wanted to take his tablet so he could show his music therapist and Santa. We got ready and we put our hats on. This time he let me. We got there and he was so excited to see Santa. He was a little hesitant at first but his music therapist took him over and he did great. He told him that he wanted a new hat for Christmas. He then sat with his music therapist for a little bit. She had to go do other things and he told me more about seeing Santa. I was able to convince him to not “lay down” in the mud. I told him that I didn’t bring the towels with me but we could do it tomorrow if there was still mud. We left shortly after that and on the way home he talked about seeing Santa and his music therapist. His focus shifted and he wanted to make sure we crossed “the blue river” and that he was going to see Grandma tomorrow. He was very happy when he got home and I’m praying he sleeps tonight. He knows that if he doesn’t sleep he might not get to go to grandma’s house. He fell asleep yelling that he saw Santa and his music therapist. It was a good day and I do believe it lived up to his expectations and it surpassed mine. Let your dreams be your guide for the perfect day and make it happen. 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.