I started a pile of clothes that were too small for Owen; albeit only one pair of pants, I knew it was the pile to give away. Owen saw it sitting there, he grabbed it, took it to the laundry pile, and said, “good job you do great work now you can play teach time or reading eggs”. He ran to me, and then said, “yay we did it”, leaning his forehead towards me for me to kiss him. So much goodness in those thirty seconds I want to shout it from the rooftops. I often reflect on where we’ve come from, maybe too much, but it helps me to see the huge progress, even on those days that feel extremely hard. I try to give Owen tasks that he had to do every day. When he takes off his shoes, and socks he has to put them up, same with his clothes; so the pants sitting there needed to go with the dirty clothes. At school, when he finishes he work, he then gets to choose an activity. His teacher has told me that he will choose more schoolwork over some of the other activities. Reading Eggs, and TeachTown that he calls teach time, are two of the ones he goes to most. I have loaded the apps on his tablet for him, and many times throughout the day when he is home he will go to those apps. I talk to Owen about his behavior, and emphasize the good points, but I make sure he understands that poking mommy in the face every few minutes at four in the morning is not exactly nice behavior. I want him to know we are a team, and together we will get through this thing called life. It can be daunting, overwhelming, and downright sad some days, but the joys, that’s were my inspiration, and motivation come from. Today’s bowling day. He’s ready, and I can’t wait to see how today goes. Any day can be ordinary, but if you add a little extra to it the day will be extraordinary. Make today matter. 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.