Sickness struct the household. The cough came first, then Owen’s fever; he’s eating, and drinking. But he was up around midnight, and has yet to fall back asleep. “Keep screaming e tablet es gone”, his words snap me to attention. He holds on to all my words. It was never more evident that kids reflect, and own the words you say until I heard Owen say my words back to me. As he grows, and his language skills develop, I can tell he has a very good memory for his past. I always knew he did, but now I hear it every day. It makes me more aware of how I approach subjects with him, and how I try to teach him. I always feel like I’m his personal tour guide when we are driving, explaining what we do at certain stores, and what we can get there. Owen’s coughing, and he says “bwess ewe” when he coughs. For being sick, up since midnight, he has more energy than a wound up, singing, and dancing stuffed animal, that’s about to fall off the shelf at a store, waiting to be bought for Valentine’s Day. Me, I’m sitting. He’s looking at his calendar, in between playing on his tablet, and jumping on the couch. He is in need of input today, and I find that is common for him when he is sick. His connection to places, and words is growing. As he looks at his calendar I ask him to tell me about it. Usually there is no answer when I ask him something like “how was your day at school” or “what did you have for lunch”, but today was different. He was looking at a month that had buildings in the picture, and he started naming the colors in the picture. There’s progress in moments like this; I think about these memories when we are having rough days, it gets me through them. I’m waiting for the day when the voice activated command works for him on his tablet. The few times it has recognized his words he still thought I did it. I can’t wait to see what the tomorrows bring for him. Never give up hope, keep pushing for a better tomorrow, and know that you are amazing. 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.