Oh, what’s in a day. If it isn’t school than it’s coffee shop and bowling day. How do I explain it’s neither. As soon as Owen gets used to no school summer school will start. And then as soon as summer school ends he’ll be used to school again. The trend will continue through the end of his summer break. He’s growing so much and putting the pieces together. He has always referred to his beloved veggie straws as “cracker”. In the last few months, he has realized that when I’m not specifically talking to him I refer to them as veggie straws. He now asks for “cracker veggie straw”. I think about the first time we were sitting on our living room floor with his therapist and he asked for “nut”. That moment in time will be etched in my memory for my lifetime. I cried then, I cry now. He asked for a food, something he wanted to eat. Words are a stepping stone to a whole different type of independence for him. This morning, as we were driving in the car, he screamed and started crying. It was immediate. It hadn’t been a buildup to the cry, it was full on crying. We were driving, in traffic, I couldn’t pull over that second, I wanted to. I asked him to count to ten. I told him it would be okay, that he needed to talk to me. His words don’t always explain the situation, but today after he calmed down he started yelling about his shoe. I realized he kicked it off. He does this a lot. Once I determined what had happened I told him that we would put it on when we stopped. Momma gotta breathe sometimes. He was fine once I was able to put his shoe back on. I was fine after I think I counted to a million. Life is a journey. The key is not beating yourself up about where you have been, it’s about celebrating where you are going. 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.