It was a quiet day at Jessie's Centre today however we did have a small group of focused participants, along with two amazing staff members. There was one special boy were stole the show. He was extremely interested in the guitar and so I placed the strap around his neck resting the instrument in his lap. Well didn't he start strumming and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?! Everyone in the room stopped talking and looked over. He had a HUGE smile on his face and his mom grabbed her phone to start taking a video. I started singing along with him and I chose to simply roll with it and begin the class this way. His mom sat down and we sang a couple more songs a capella (ABCD, Mr. Sun). Then he suddenly shifted in his seat and took the guitar off his lap and handed it to me saying, "Your turn!" It was so cute, we all could have just melted into the floor. His mom seemed in no hurry to leave and so I kept things going with the Wheels On The Bus, Little Red Wagon, If You're Happy And You Know It, I Wake Up My Hands, Hands Together Hands Apart, Sitting In My Highchair, Bath Time, Old MacDonald, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Baby Shark and Zoom Zoom Zoom.
Although my guitar-loving friend had to leave before the jam, he seemed to really enjoy the experience. I also thanked his mom for giving it a chance and staying and she smiled at me and gave me a hug, which was very touching. With only one babe and three staff members we sang through a couple of jam songs before the littlest participant fell asleep and they whisked him away to the nursery.
I am looking forward to seeing my friends again at Jessie's Centre on April 30th, as Rebecca returns next week.