When we found out that Erin had a profound hearing loss, one of the hardest things for me to face was that she would never be able to enjoy music. The concept devastated me, because music has always been a huge part of my life. In fact, I minored in it in college.
I am thrilled to say that that fear was completely unsubstantiated.
Toes not only enjoys music, she LOVES music. She insists on having the Wiggles on in the car at all times. As much as I love the Wiggles (really, I do) I do miss hearing the news on NPR in the mornings. Especially now when there are so many critical things going on the world.
So, we have started a new thing on the way to daycare every morning...
As soon as we pull out of the driveway, I say "Erin, Mommy is going to listen to the news." She says "OK, Mommy!" (really, it is "OK, Mah-hee!")
I listen to the news and get caught up.
When we are half way to daycare, she says "Erin's turn! Wiggles!!!!" (really, it's "Er-ahs turn! Wiggles!")
So I turn on the Wiggles.
She listens to the intro, then usually asks for a specific song. "Chicken!" or "Ducks!" or what have you. She sits in the backseat, swaying back and forth (mostly in rhythm) thoroughly enjoying the music.
My first thought was that she liked the music because of the silly lyrics and themes. But, the particular CD she likes most has Music Box Dancer, which is fully instrumental. It is one of her favorite songs. She bops her head back and forth while it plays and always yells out "Pretty!" when it is done.
This tells me she is "getting it". And it makes me SO happy!
Dad to Toes, on the other hand, is not so enarmored with the Wiggles. He would prefer Toes enjoy the classic rock stations he generally has on... but Toes just doesn't seem to get into Led Zeppelin.