Oh snow day, you foiled our day again. School was supposed to be a two-hour delay but the snow kept falling and then Owen’s day changed. Home it was. It took him a little while to process that he was staying home. He repeated his teacher’s name many times to me, almost begging for a different response. Once it clicked with him that he wasn’t going he moved on. He wanted church. He said, I want church please but in French. He went on to ask Siri for the phrase “I want church please” in all the languages he could think of. He was at least calmer than I thought he would be especially since he wasn’t going to his beloved school, on the bus, to see his teacher. When he was younger he would constantly take my finger to do activities on his tablet or to help feed him. It was like he couldn’t make the connection that his finger or body could do certain motions. The last few days he has been back to taking my finger and wanting me to open or close different applications, once again seeking my help or approval. This feels slightly different than his needs from those early days but certainly, he is looking for some type of reassurance again. I told him I was making pizza for dinner. He told me he really wanted shrimp by taking it out of the freezer and handing it to me. This cracks me up and the boy had shrimp for dinner. He also had shrimp for lunch. This happened after I made him fish for lunch and the whole time he was eating the two filets he requested shrimp. I made his requested shrimp and he devoured that too. My dude eats more than me already. He got shrimp on his nose and I asked him to wipe it. To my surprise he actually did. More progress. He is my sensory child and shrimp, like most foods, is his delight. He basically pulls the shrimp and the breading apart from each other and then rolls the shrimp between his fingers and toes if I don’t stay on my toes watching him. I remind him to take a bite and put it down. This is hard for him but tonight he made huge strides. The language train has done left the building. I cannot believe how fast it is taking off. He is amazing. He was asking Siri to translate French into French and then Spanish into French. Add in the German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic that fascinates him and the sky is the limit. I’ve always said he thinks all languages are one big language. He makes my heart sing. Find your happiness, know you are important, and go after your dreams. 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.