June 9th, 2008
I wanted to share this story with you, it truly brought tears to my eyes.
Jeremy and his classmates had an opportunity to go to Playland today thanks to CKNW orphans fund and others.
He was very excited this morning, had an awesome time and survived the day... I thought I was going to pass out when I was told how he went on the roller coaster Yes that old wooden coaster, the same one we rode when we were young. I was so impressed with Jeremy, I knew I was allot older before I would give the coaster a go.
What brought the tears to my eyes was how excited and pumped he was, a thousand times more than riding the coaster, was he saw
"The guy who played the guitar in music.....you know?? " I respond with who ....much too excited to respond ...I ask again and follow it up the second time with.......Mick?
WOW...I hit a jack pot .$$$$ I am rad, I am the bomb, I am the coolest ........ I got it!!! ....MICK !!!!..... as he is now jumping 2 feet of the ground (did I mention he has a broken foot), too excited to get the words out he starts to impersonate Mick, playing the guitar. Jeremy is playing his air guitar, he can only get as far as I saw him, I saw him....after about the 10th I saw him, I ask his assistant....." Was there a band? Was there someone playing a guitar? answer yes, description given...
Jeremy is probably 99.9% right,!!
It really could of been Mick, didn't really matter at this point I realized... he is in his own little rock and roll world (with Mick of course).
With a smile from ear to ear, (he saw his guitar hero ) as he is strumming away playing his air guitar singing the usual Puff the magic dragon... he is so thrilled as he remembered today the dragon frolicked.....
I couldn't believe how he was so lit by seeing Mick "his music teacher".
It wasn't seeing Leo the Lion, or Fin the Dolphin, or Hot Dog or riding the coaster, but seeing Mick....was his highlight!
It reminded me how fortunate we are to have had the opportunity to be a part of music in motion.
The fond memories you have left imbedded in Jeremy, I will be forever grateful for. It's these memories that help us make it through the difficult times.
Just wanted to share with you and thank you once again..
MICK rocks.... your program rocks and Joy,you rock for giving us the opportunity to be a part and providing me with special moments like today to cherish.
God Bless you all
you made my day actually my week!!!!
Friday August 31, 2007
I'm sending along the pics that I took today at music class. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as Sheldon, friends, family and I have. Could you please possibly pass them along to the other dudes for us?..thanks!!
What you guys have given to these kids the last two weeks has been wonderful. For some of our kids, you've brought out sides of them we've yet experienced seeing. It always takes that " one " special thing ( or people ), to get our children interested/motivated in something, but it's not always easy knowing what that special thing is. Now if you guys could only teach the speech therapy classes we'd really be on a roll here!! As they say....music is universal ....a language everyone understands. What a great way to introduce our kids to music in a fun manner/environment to see if they may wish to actually take up playing an instrument....even if only in their own special way:). I'm sure it brought out confidence in all and helped to break a shyness barrier that a few of the kids also have.
Even though my Sheldon is not very verbal, I know him well enough to know that he had a great past two weeks with you guys. I think our Downy's ( yes, I know...not politically correct but I say this with kindness ), have the music in them, from what I've seen over the years....all of Sheldons friends that have Downs seem to really enjoy music and they all seem to have their own Cd collection as does Shel.
But if it were not for the energy, spirit and genuine sincerity that exudes from the three of you guys, I don't think the experience would have been near as positive. These children as like ourselves, can tell a fake smile from a mile away. They can tell if someones heart is into them or just there because....you guys were all heart and I'm sure I can speak for all the parents, when I send along a most grateful Thank-You to the three of you.... for believing in our kids and in what you were doing with Music In Motion.
sincerely....Cindy and Sheldon Bestward..
p.s...if you can use any of these pics or videos ( I'll send the videos in another email as they take up space ), for any upcoming courses of the likes of this one, by all means go ahead and use them Mick. I'm sure Sheldon will have his pics of him and his three dudes ( as he calls you guys ), up and on his facebook profile in a matter of days!!
Sept 4th, 2007
I really want to express my acknowledgment of the success of this program and the quality you brought to it. I LOVE the cd's, pictures and each of your commitment and responsiveness to the students needs. Unbelievable. I look forward to our next endeavor....
I just wanted to follow up and say thank you so much for your participation in the program. I am still in awe at the success and what we saw transpire within our students - nothing short of magical!
I also want to recognize the ease each of you had with the students and how responsive you were to our feedback.
Down Syndrome Research Foundation
1409 Sperling Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5B 4J8
Nov. 1, 2007Hi Mick
It's probably too late to add something to the web site, but I just
wanted you to know, Nolan loves the video, Music in Motion that you
had on your web site and watches it at least once a day. If only we
lived on the mainland, we'd definately be coming to the Sat jam
sessions. He loved it.
Thanks again for all the experiences and fun.