Monday, February 25, 2013
Can you guess how many instruments are in this photo?
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to provide a HealthRHYTHMS drum circle for Kaiser Permanente's Hospice volunteer program. There were 30 people in attendance, and it was a neat story of something coming full circle.
Kaiser Hospice used to employ a wonderful music therapist named Cathy O'Neal. Cathy taught my first music therapy class at Chapman University, and I was lucky enough to have her for my last fieldwork assignment. But the circle goes back further than that.
My dad and my grandma passed away in hospice. It was wonderful. When my dad died, Enya was playing on the cassette player in his room. It was like having the sound of angels in the room. That was when I had the thought, "If I could be the soundtrack of someone's transformation from life to afterlife, that would be the highest use of my God-given gifts." I didn't know about music therapy at that time. It would be another 5 years before I would even bump into those two words.
So, fast forward from 1997 to 2013, and I get the opportunity to provide wellness to the very volunteers whose ministry it is to go to people's homes and help them die with peace, comfort, and dignity. What a great opportunity it was!
I love my job.
On the home front, things are always busy but good. Ang traveled to Texas midweek, and the kids were so happy to see her when she got back. Ang and I now both have iPads, so using the "FaceTime" feature is so great. We used to just put the parent-on-the-road on speaker phone, but this is way better!
Ali in her element...
Ali is preparing for her Elementary school talent show this coming Thursday! She'll be portraying "Laguna Blue" from the show "Monster High" and along with two friends, they'll be dancing to the Monster High theme song. Ali is taking this very seriously and is very concerned because her two friends don't exactly have her confidence to get in front of an audience and dance!
Julian is just cuter and cuter by the day. He is walking talking and naming the world. Car! Bike! Milk! Walk! TURTLE! (seriously) CEREAL! Duck! These are his favorite words right now. He's still just as happy-go-lucky as ever, and his appetite for reading has not slowed one bit! We have been reading "Make Way for Ducklings" for about a week, and he will sit focused on the book for the entire book. It creates such an opportunity for snuggling. Oh man, it is awesome!
Oh, last note, we saw "Lincoln" (finally) this weekend. It was the most powerful movie of the year for me. Les Miserables had me balling, and in any other Oscar year, Hugh Jackman should have and would have won top honors, but Daniel Day Lewis is SO friggin' good in Lincoln, it's mind boggling.... AND HE'S BRITISH!!!! Try to remember that next time you watch that movie. You can't tell. I know that may sound like, "well duh," but I've seen Lewis star in 3 previous movies, and his voice was so different in each one. The guy is a class act, and an absolutely phenomenal actor. If you haven't seen LINCOLN yet, you owe it to yourself!
Alright, best to you. And to those still commenting, I say a giant "Thank you!" This blog is lonely for me when it is just me broadcasting my thoughts and feelings out in the internet. Thank you for the connection. I really appreciate you!