“Hickory dickory dock in porchEgeese”, Owen said, laughing in delight when Siri answered. He followed with, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty sat on them all in spinach”. “I want banana in Japanese”, he continued. His laughter and excitement are contagious. I’m thankful he is finding his voice and it gets stronger every day with these conversations with Siri. He said, “I wanna talk to grandma sil vous plait”. I asked do you want to call grandma. He said, “not today”. I love how he is starting to mix his words and knows what he wants. He had dueling tablets going, Siri versus Alexa. Siri, was all about his food choices, while Alexa was song influenced. We sat earlier playing music together. It went over a little better than yesterday. When he comes up with the choice of playing it seems to last longer. He almost prefers to play the guitar with his feet but I’m trying to show him how he strums the strings and can play with both hands. I can’t play a tune as much as I can’t sing one but to me, it’s more about the interaction with the instruments for Owen. Having him hold them and get the feel of the movements has always been important to me. When he was a baby I would hold one of his hands on my heart and his other hand on my throat or in front of my mouth, letting him hear the sounds through his hands as I would sing. I wanted him to understand the connection music can be with our soul. It’s still important to me and even more now. The more he is exposed to music, arts, languages, foods, and everything else the world has to offer the more he will find what makes his heart soar. I tell him that he can do anything he wants if he believes in himself. It took him a while to drift off to sleep tonight but I thought of his laughter and the smile that always carries me through our days. Never give up on the miracles yet to happen. 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.