1.28.2008

dance louder

Our most recent dance parties have been especially lively in the past week. I always try to bring out our assortment of instruments so that we can all contribute to the sounds with our own rhythm and interpretation. With our last two parties...Asher has taken to beating on this drum. This instrument, in my mind, seems particularly fitting for Asher. The drum sets the pace...all others adjust to his lead...it's the pulse and the energy of a song. And, fortunately, he can go faster, faster or louder, louder or exert MORE, MORE at his own discretion and urge. Asher and drums go together well. He always has been "beat'n to his own drum" anyway...and so passionately at that!
Today, Asher was requesting a dance party. When I started talking about turning on some music, he pointed out to me that there was already music in the air (though, to my untrained ears, there was nothing but silence). And with both arms open to the air he showed me: "See mama...it's my own music."
I could see that he really was hearing some kind of groovy beat in his head...so I just danced along...imagining the boom and bang of his song.
I obviously wasn't hearing the same thing he was, because, within seconds and with GREAT exclamation, Asher advised me to "dance louder mama...DANCE LOUDER!"
A perfect expression of his energy and soul. I was lovin' every minute of that loud dance.

9 comments:

daisies said...

how absolutely wonderful :) tee hee ... my husband is a drummer so i know how they can definitely march to their own wonderful beat and hear music that makes smiles :) xox

Nonnie said...

how fun to have parties every day.....and dancing loud....sounds wonderful! :)

Brittni Turgesen said...

This makes me happy! I love to hear what Asher has to say and what great adventure we will go on every time I see him! Love you guys!!!

Cory said...

Ohhh how fun! Sad we missed this special moment. looking forward to the next dance party! Gotta love little asher bug.

Debbie said...

That sounds like a perfect Asher moment! What wonderful adventures your family has...

Jme said...

Someday I'd like to be a part of his dance party. :)

bella said...

Dance louder!
this is perfect, the spirit of the child that sees with honest eyes.
We have dance/music making parties here too, daily. And they are good for the body and soul both.
I loved this post.

GG said...

This post moved me to tears. Asher has always marched to his own drum and now he is dancing to his own music....music that only he can hear. I am so glad that he encourages others to dance louder. To me dancing louder is when you throw your whole heart and soul into your movements. That is the kind of dancing I like to see and do too, Asher. From what I have observed, Asher always throws his whole heart and soul into whatever he does. To my way of thinking, "DANCE LOUDER" is Asher's motto for life. I think he is wonderful!
I love you Asher! GG

cassie said...

he is the perfect june bug. i LOVE this post. "dance louder"...what a lesson to us all.