I hear the rhythmic turn signal clicks coming from Owen in his carseat. He mimics the tone, and speed of the car’s turn signal perfectly. He knows when he wants me to turn, and he knows when he wants me to go a different direction. If he can tell I’m turning, and he doesn’t want me to turn, from the back of the car I hear, “no no no no no”, and it keeps going. When he wants me to turn, he will make the turn signal clicks. I’m trying to teach him to say left, right, and straight; hoping that it will help him with his directions. Occasionally, we have to go to a drive thru, whether it be for a prescription, or for food. Owen now on the way home, from anywhere, will say, “drive thru”. I will tell him that we don’t have to go to the drive thru, that we had gone a different day, and he will then say, “we went to de drive thru we’re not going to de drive thru today”. This is an every day occurrence for us. He has to put our events in order. I try to be his tour guide as we go places; explaining about the buildings we pass, and what we could do, or get, from the businesses. When we pass the gas station, Owen will say, “mommy get de gas for de car to go vroom”. I tell him that we go to the “atm machine” for money. I laugh, and tell him that some people don’t like when you call it an “atm machine”, because it’s then an automatic teller machine machine. But it’s okay, for us it’s an “at the moment machine”, because at the moment we have money in the bank. I wonder if he gets the joke. I wonder if he understand the concept of money at all. I try to explain it to him, but how confusing is money. You can pay cash, check, or charge. Heck, you can even click one button on Amazon, after you set everything up, and you’re money is gone, and packages arrive. I explain to him what money is. We work with it on his apps, and I show him how we give people money for goods, and services. Today, after sleeping all night, Owen is happy, and vocal. Every day I wake up, say a prayer, thank God for our blessings, and make sure I tell Owen he is amazing. Positive words, and positive actions, equals a positive life. Make today matter. 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.