A great day with a side of almost mannequin tipping is in the books. Owen slept all night. To say I’m thankful might be an understatement. The morning went quickly. Somehow it is now routine for him to get into bed with me after we get up, go to the bathroom, I get coffee, he gets “no chocolate milk today”, lights out, and in the bed we go for storytelling, tickling, and playing his favorite game on his tablet. I’ll take it. When it was time to get ready he wanted to stand in the kitchen singing our octopus song. As soon as we were done he wanted me to kiss his forehead, making the mwah sound numerous times. I’m not sure how this became a thing either. We got ready and we stood waiting for the bus. It was running late today for some reason and he was doing fine until he thought it wasn’t coming. I was able to distract him and we sang several made-up songs that we’ve been working on. The delight washed over him and off he went to school. I schedule an appointment for him at the end of the month with an eye specialist to see if visual therapy will work for him and help him with some of his processing of blue pants. When I picked him up for therapy he was very talkative and told me numerous things about his day. He was excited to see his therapists and they both said he did great. When we left there it was on to more fun. He wanted to “ride the tractor with Goofy.” He sat on the lawnmower yelling at the people that walked by. “It’s Goofy,” he said. “Professor Von Drake,” he exclaimed as a guy walked close. He didn’t want to leave the squeaky-seated lawnmower until I asked enough times about seeing the fish right next door. But what really interested him was the tents and thinking the fire was going to be on. He also wanted “Santa to be back from the pole” and the scarecrow, snowman, and reindeer. He told me “they be here in December.” I said we have to have Halloween and Thanksgiving first. I asked him if he wanted to make pumpkin soup and he said, “order it.” He got in the first tent that was outside and he wanted to take his shoes off and get a mattress. I convinced him to get out of that one so he could see the other one. He went right into it and lay down on the floor. After several minutes I convince him to go inside to look at the fish and see if there were other tents. The fire wasn’t on as we walked past it. We went back to the fish and he looked at several of the mannequins, telling them what they should wear. We got back to the fish and he was talking about the different ones. He still wants to take the one to the dentist with him. A gentleman came to look at the fish too and Owen told him he had to leave because he wasn’t wearing blue pants. He asked if Owen had autism and told me that he had two sons with autism so he understood. After a few minutes, I asked him if he wanted to see if there were any other tents. We found them and it was almost like we were going camping for the night. He got in the tent and wanted me to “order it” referencing pizza and marshmallows and then the fake snoring commenced. I’m not quite sure how I convinced him we needed to leave but I told him if we left we could come back another day and we could take his dinosaurs that I put in the car to the rollercoaster. I am still not sure what he is calling the rollercoaster but this somehow got him going. We walked towards the front and he saw a mannequin he dove for it to fix its pants and inform it needed to leave but luckily I was able to hold onto him and he didn’t pull the mannequin over. They tried turning on the fire for him when he asked about it but it wouldn’t work. When we were walking to the car he requested his chicken nuggets and cheeseburger. I asked him which tent he liked and he said, “the elephant size one.” He quickly followed that up with “take it with you.” We got his food and headed home. He asked to see the windows and I told him if he didn’t scream at the traffic I would take him. When we got stuck in it he started counting the cars as I taught him and no screaming so I took him by the windows. He had a great rest of the night and a wonderful Thursday, one of his favorite days. I’m thankful that he likes so many things and has been wanting to go to more places now. Makes me very happy. So many joys today. Dream your dream into reality. You can do it. Remember the possibilities are endless. 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.