Comments: Children With Color

I saw a movie yesterday that hit me in a couple of ways. 1 - I kinda relate to the whole finding parents thing. 2 - when I was younger, before I took it all for granted, music was in everything I heard. I was a freak. People made fun of me. That's one reason I shut the music out.

Anyway - you'd love it. August Rush. Now...it's sappy and completely inane, on several levels. But cried real tears at his confusion, how he was treated, how happy he was to not just HEAR the music but see it. Express it.

Like I said, it's sappy and predictable. But watch the story beneath the story......

Posted by Tammi at February 28, 2010 08:32 AM

I, too, have one of those children. Little Man can sit at a keyboard/piano and make music with it. He did the whole acting thing in school.

He is not like the others. He is unique, just like the others. But in his own special way. Little Man does not only dance to his own drummer, he brings his own band, and is probably playing his own instruments, too.

On one hand, you sit back and think, HOLY CRAP! Why doesn't he fit in? What can I do to help him along? He's going to have it rough because he doesn't see things like others see them.
Then, on the other hand, you think- HELL YEAH! He can think for himself. He doesn't care what others think of him. He has talent, and brains. He is an amazing person.

And usually, this type of child is open, and warm, and funny, and endearing, and lovable and aggravating.

It's not the child that can't handle the world, it's usually us who do not know how to handle the child. We must remember NOT to put prisms in a black box. They deserve to shine.

Posted by rave at February 28, 2010 02:03 PM

The Arts world is made for kids like these. My daughter is active in 'theatre', and has been exposed to so many different types of people. It's not a 'one size fits all' experience. All those people are unique in their own way and are very accepting of others.

One thing I love is that my daughter has been exposed to is gay people. Does that sound strange? But these people aren't aggressive or militant...just sharing a love for the arts. She sees them as ordinary and accepts them as they are, just as they accept her as someone who could never be gay. They all just 'are' who they are.

That's what the art/theatre world provides for these kids. Where 'different' is normal and encouraged.

(And Brown University has a summer theatre program...don't know if it's just theatre and/or music, but you might want to look into it!)

Posted by Mrs. Who at February 28, 2010 05:52 PM