I prayed for calm today. Thankfully, Owen in general did really well with this. I on the other hand have had a very emotional day. I’m going to focus on the parts that got me through an extremely difficult day. Owen doesn’t understand when my emotions come pouring out so I’ve tried to keep them under wraps today. That means I hide my emotions from him and hopefully, it keeps him calm. He wanted to know when he would see his teacher again. When he asks a question he doesn’t ask once or twice or even three times, it can be hours of his foot tapping on the ground, and asking me when he will see her again or whatever the question may be. Today was the calendar of progress. Two days in a row he has let me show him a calendar. Yesterday I showed him one on my phone and that lead him to count to twenty-five in Italian and today I filled in our erasable wall calendar that he’s never wanted to look at with the events for the rest of the month. He didn’t scream when I showed it to him. In fact, he went to it several times reading and looking at the information on it. That’s some big ol’progress right there that’s been years in the making. He’s never wanted to use any type of schedule or visual displays. Anything to do with pictures he would knock out of my hands or take them from me and try to hide them. But today we are moving forward. He played his drums all on his own. He grabbed his tongue drum, put it on the couch, and started playing it. He belted out, “twinkle twinkle little banana” like one of the characters from the show Ooh, Aah and You. He then sat on his cajon drum and stomped his feet. I moved his hands and showed him how to make the noise. Sometimes this is easier for him. He doesn’t quite have the connection to his body movements to do it but he’s learning and that learning has included him being able to stomp across the entire house. It’s funny to watch him do a happy stomp when you would think it might be more dramatic. “I want help” and then he took me to his swing, “you can count on me”, he continues. Thankful for his words, thankful for his growth, and thankful for the hope of tomorrow. Find your inspiration and show the world your smile. Smiles to all and donut daze!
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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.