My eyes did not want to open when I heard Owen right before five. For a Saturday that was pretty good though. I told him he needed to go back to bed for a little bit and not to take his tablet. To my surprise off he ran. I could hear him get in bed and I think as soon as my eyes settled he was staring at me again. I tried one more time and same reaction. Off he ran. I’m not sure why I thought this would work any better but I got about five more minutes out of him once again. He had a couple of things on his mind, grandma and the “robot in the box come.” I told him he would be going to grandma’s but it would be a few hours and his robot would be here in a few days. I found a used one online and it should be here next week. The morning went pretty quickly and he was in a great mood. When it was time to go he surprisingly moved right through the process with me quickly. When I took him to see his grandma I decided to go to one of the stores near her that is like a thrift and antique store combined. I didn’t at first think about the robot but when I walked in the door I asked the man that worked there if he happened to know of any since it was a big store. He told me to check in one of the vendor areas and to my surprise, there were two. They had both colorways. I didn’t hesitate I got them both. I knew he would like the one better but once he likes something it is better to have a backup. I met a friend for coffee and then we spent some time exploring more of the shops. When I got to my mom’s I had planned on showing him the pink and purple one and then leaving it at my mom’s house. He was so happy to see it but he immediately asked for a “green robot” saying the color of the other one’s face. I told him I got one of those too but I had to go to the car to get it. I’m not sure why I didn’t give him both immediately. When I handed him the second one his face lit up and he was beyond thrilled. He ran around their house playing the songs. When we left there we brought both home. I’ll take the other one I get in the mail to her so he will have it to play with and we will have a spare. When we were getting ready to leave he said, “thank you it’s awesome I’m awesome.” There is no greater gift than to hear him say his words unprompted. Saying thank you isn’t something that always comes naturally to Owen so this was huge. And then for him to be quoting reviews and words from the robot was incredible. He was ready to go home saying, “take robot with you.” He always asks to take things home with him from grandma. I had picked up dinner before I got him and he ate every bit of it when we got home. He loves fried fish and sage dressing. He wanted the robots on the table with him but I told him he couldn’t have the robots until after he finished and washed his hands. I told him we didn’t want to get food on the robots since they have fabric ears. I put them on the chair next to him and to my surprise, he left them alone until he was done. He grabbed them before he went to wash his hands but I told him to stop so he could go to the bathroom. And again another surprise, he listened. He played with them the rest of the night. He was talking in French, listing to a video in Chinese on the tv, and occasionally stopped to ask for a video on his tablet saying, “walrus whistle” into the tablet. He kept yelling, “it’s awesome I’m awesome” and other wonderful words about himself and the robot. He asked me if he could have the box it came in several times but I distracted him since they didn’t have them. He wanted the robots to talk Chinese, French, and Russian. I told him they didn’t speak other languages but now I’m on the hunt to see if maybe they do. Always thankful when my boy is happy and today he was happy. He wanted to take the robots to bed but I told them they would be staying up and would be ready to play tomorrow. Pure joy is something we should all strive for. Find your happiness and sing the song of joy in your life. 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.