One of my greatest joys is knowing how much Owen loves learning. Another sleepless night for us, but only one of us is tired. I really wanted to celebrate night two of sleep, but that didn’t happen. When we got up Owen immediately started talking about bowling. He was ready to go. He asked and answered himself at the same time. “Let’s go bowling”, he said, quickly followed by, “coup coup couple hours”. He likes to repeat sounds or parts of phrases or words, sometimes hoping I will finish the sentence, other times working on the pronunciation of the words. I love it when I can hear his speech therapy shining through in his voice. There are still letters and sounds that he can’t pronounce. He pulled up one of his school apps on his tablet and it was a waterfall of words. He said, “piece piece piece of clothing trapeze trap trap trap piece piece piece piece of paper”. The words kept going, weaving through the sounds of like words. He overemphasized the word “piece” as he said each word. I could tell his school was working on these sounds with him. He went from the word piece to pizza, the whole time very animated and excited about the sounds. The amount of growth he is showing thrills me through my soul. He is an at will learner, at his will and what he wants to learn. When he does not want to do something I can safely say he will outlast me on the will to avoid a task at all cost. With something that I know he can do will be a dramatic rendition of any movie you have ever seen. He starts whining, his body becomes limp, all of a sudden he can’t hold a crayon, and there is no way anything is ever going to be put on that piece of paper. This is battle picking at its finest. I want to win, but pushing a non-moving train gets you nowhere fast. So I save it for another day. I’m still learning and growing as much as he is. Some days feel like I don’t even know the questions to ask let alone the answers that I have yet to figure out. So I breathe through the moments and move forward. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Find your inspiration and live your dreams out loud. 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.