I listened to Owen throughout the night. He was making noises but stayed asleep until after five. I’m not sure how that happened but thankfully he did. He woke and went to his tablet. He was laughing immediately. He turned up his tablet and I heard music and then singing. I could almost tell what he was doing without seeing him. He watches a video that has music but no words, he puts his hands over his ears holding the backs of his hands to his ears, and then sings what seems to me like a totally unrelated song to the melody of the music but he knows what it means. We got ready for church and he knew today was the day for the trunk or treat. I explained we were going for our regular church service and then we were going to go back later for the Halloween party. I had been preparing him for weeks. Sometimes it’s better to prepare him and sometimes it’s not better and it makes it harder if I do prepare him. We talked about why we go to church on the way there and then I explained all the steps that would happen when I picked him up. When I came back after the service was over he told me that we were going to come back and one of the guys was going to walk with him. I was absolutely thrilled that he said we were coming back. This is years in the making, years. He’s always had a hard time going someplace that is supposed to be for something else but today we were able to go and it was amazing. We got there extremely early. I knew if we had to wait in any car lines he would have not been able to deal with it. I told him on the way there he could sit in the little red wagon if he wanted and I figured I’d let him decide. It’s his comfort zone. When we got there he said he wanted to ride in the little red wagon. I was thankful for this because I knew it would be better for both of us. We walked around for a few minutes and they were still setting up but we said hello to a lot of our friends. We then walked over to the playground and he was hooked. We stayed there for a while and then it was time to walk around. One of the guys that helps out in his classroom volunteered to walk with Owen. It was such a blessing to have him take him around and then they went back to the playground. After a while, he was ready to go and I was shocked we had stayed about two hours. It was perfect for us to get there early so he was not strictly focused on the sea of people. Having the playground there helped as well. On the way home, he talked about how much fun he had. He’s not really a big sweet eater so the candy wasn’t something he cared about but the experience was worth everything today. I’m thankful for all the adventures that are coming our way. When we got home he told me it was time to go back to church. I have a feeling he’s going to want to go to more parties now. He fell asleep quickly tonight and I think this adventure might have worn him out. He wanted to wear his Spider-Man costume to bed but I told him he would have to wear something else. I don’t want that to be the routine so I have to mix it up for him. I’m thankful for this wonderful blessing of a day. It was exactly what I needed. There were only a few moments in time throughout the day that were hard but worth every moment to hear his voice shine bright with excitement as we walked around. Tomorrow is a brand new day. There is hope and it will shine through. 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.