I'm a Sucker!  

rm_song2262 55F
1303 posts
9/12/2006 9:19 am

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11/7/2006 7:57 pm

I'm a Sucker!

Ok, bear with me, this will be a weird post.

I've recently begun teaching music to Special Needs Children. Severely handicapped, Down's, Autistic types. Anywhere from 4-7 of high need to highly capable young people.

I've fallen in love with these children. They love music, they learn and are touched in so many beautiful ways.

One of my children immediately puts EVERYTHING in his mouth and explores it, and sometimes chews or cracks instruments, so we need to keep an eye on him.

I thought about his intake process. I thought about how I do the same when I am intimate with my lover. I love to explore their body, with my mouth, licking, tasting, sucking, nuzzling, mouthing, nipping, biting. It's quite a turn on, no? Lately, I've only been able to do this with my food, LMAO.

Anyway, other children need to use their hands to explore an object. I have one beautiful boy who moves with great difficulty, but can clap his hands to a beat perfectly, and can toss a castenet from one hand to the other with ease while enjoying the sound at the same time.

Another child has responded remarkably to a puppet with realistic hands that you can put your hands into, and a mouth that can move to make him talk. He will sing along with this puppet, and stare intently into the mouth and eyes to immitate it. When Nightis came to assist me on my dental surgery day, he stroked this boys cheek with the hand of the puppet. This sweet boy was in heaven.

Hand these children timpani mallets and they will march along with the ants song, or create a George of the Jungle accompaniment. Hand them xylophone mallets and they can all play the rhythm of the ABC song perfectly. They are amazing!

Their smiles are exquisite. My heart pours out to them.

So where was I? Back to their learning and how they use their senses in ways we forget. Their mouths, hands, eyes, and ears all used to explore their world. It's a banquet of the senses, like I've mentioned in a previous post. (How shall I incorporate the sense of smell in a band room. Those trombones are plain stinky! LOL )

They teach me.

and oh how oral I am *weg*
A sucker extraordinaire starving for her next feast.

JustaSwingKnack 69M

9/12/2006 10:54 am

Oh for gods sake! AARRGGHHH

rm_connor696 61M
834 posts
9/13/2006 9:40 am

It reminds me of a line I used to use as a sig file, a kind of refrain in John Barth's book The Sotweed Factor: "There are more ways through the woods than one."

rm_imtheone42 75M
485 posts
9/18/2006 10:05 pm

That must be very satisfying work and I bet you are great at it. BTW I quit playing the trombone in the 4th grade because it was stinky....I really did.

missassypantstoo 63F

9/20/2006 12:21 pm

song- as the partent of a child with ASpberger's who is very musically gifted, I can tell you that they FEEL music like nothing we "normal" people understand- Imagine hearing your child humming Beethoven and Bach to drown out the noises of the outside world!.. AS a musician myself, is was wonderful; as a parent, it was a bittersweet moment....You Go Gurl

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