Our son Jackson not only loves hearing music but also loves dancing to music. When we were told that Jac would need to have major spine surgery for his scoliosis, I think I worried most about how the surgery would affect his dancing, even more than him being able to do daily routines.
Jac probably has better dance moves than anyone in our entire family, even with limited mobility in his back after surgery. Jac has turned his bedroom into a dance club. His room is decked out with a light-up karaoke machine, a disco light and large mirrors on the walls so Jac can see himself dance.
His new favorite thing is coming to get me, no matter where I am in the house so we can dance together. If Jac is dancing, we all should be dancing.
He loves Disney soundtracks and has most recently connected to the Cupid Shuffle. He loves listening to it everywhere we go.
He has made his therapists, teachers, classmates and family members dance with him. We have danced in the house, we have danced at doctor appointments, and we have danced in grocery stores. Jac just has that infectious spirit. You want to dance with him, and if you don’t, he will wait until you do!
Of course, we have had to put a few limitations on dancing out in public. Like at restaurants, waiting rooms, etc. So, now he will still listen to his music and kindly tell me, “Mom dance with your finger.” So I get my index finger and make a little disco motion with it like John Travolta in Staying Alive.
I must admit that watching Jac dance brings a huge smile to my face. Because he doesn’t care who is watching or how he is perceived, he just lets loose. The boy’s got great moves and has even taught us a few. Dance on Jac!
Enjoy and learn from Leslie’s other great articles about Jac.
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