Sleep is a glorious thing. Owen slept all night and even woke up late. Mud can wear a boy out. And waking up at two the night before added to that I’m sure. I wish I could have slept at the right times. I fell asleep pretty much when he did but then I woke up and couldn’t fall back asleep. He probably would have slept later if I hadn’t had to go to the bathroom. He woke with the mission of the day “church church church.” Then he realized it was “trunk or trick” day but he quickly walked through this. I can tell he is making more connections to Halloween. He said, “Trick or treat trick or treating trick or trunk or treat.” He quickly went back to talking about church and who he was going to see. He asked about November and when that was going to happen. We’ve talked about November and that we will celebrate Thanksgiving. I explained that during the month of November, we will find things to be thankful for and people to appreciate it. I want him to understand what kindness and grace mean in the light of our thankfulness. We got ready for church and I put tan shorts on him. He said, “Mud I get to play in mud.” This is where I said I’m not sure if we will find mud because it hasn’t rained that much yet. I sat in church watching the leaves fall outside while I was listening to the message. The beauty in that moment wasn’t lost on me. Each leaf was part of our story. There is so much beauty and wonder in our lives. We don’t always have the answers but we can find solutions in the connections we make and the lessons we learn. And Owen is making so many of those connections. He knew we were going to church, eating lunch, playing for a little while, getting his costume on, and then going back to church. He went over and over each step. I wanted to get there early so he could get comfortable with everything but we didn’t get there as early as I wanted because he had to get his Robot BeatBo before we could leave. He was ready but he had to go through the steps again before we walked out the door. I’m not quite sure when his toy became part of his Halloween dreams but it very much was part of his mission for the day until it wasn’t. The line to get in was longer than he would have liked to park but he did fine. From there we walked the whole parking lot looking for a princess and a place to hide Robot BeatBo. We found neither so then he decided he wanted to hide it in the door inside the elevator but got sidetracked by the bouncy house and slides, plus that rock pit that wasn’t technically part of the Halloween attractions. We had four teenagers that helped run after him. He proclaimed “lay down” numerous times and did. He had a lot of fun but I could tell he was very overstimulated. I told him to count to ten and he did. Then he told me to do it in Spanish and I said go right ahead. He proceeded to tell me something in Spanish and then counted. He was going to go on the slide one more time but decided he didn’t want to wait and instead was ready to go see the statue, burger boy, and the school he had never attended. We then came home and it was bath time, which he said he was not taking until next week, and then we ate dinner. I think he was asleep before his head even hit the pillow. I’m thankful for a good day even with a few of the hiccups we had. Halloween has now become something my son looks forward to and that makes my heart happy. Live in the moment, learn from your past, and know that today is your day to let it all go. 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.