And the best Video of the Year Award goes to…”Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” as sung by my son and his music therapist, Amanda. You read it here first!
Watching Max sing with her is always a treat. This past year the two of them rocked “Let It Go” and “For The First Time in Forever.” But when she got him to do a Beatles song, well, I melted. It is such a thrill to hear Max belting out a song I grew up with and loved.
As a special needs parent, you often have to give up on dreams that your child will savor the same childhood pleasures that you did. I’m talking about things big (like swimming) and small (holding and licking a lollipop). Early on, this can really bum you out. Eventually, though, you come to understand—and accept—that your child will enjoy stuff in his own way. Or he’ll do different things and have fun, too. Max may not be able to swim, but he’ll walk around the pool in knee-deep water, crouched over and pretending to swim, and that makes him happy. Max may not be able to hold and lick a lollipop because he doesn’t yet have that coordination, but this kid has gotten darn good at clutching a cupcake (chocolate, please).
And so what if Max can’t say all the words in the song? He’s carrying the tune admirably, and he’s a charming performer. So, without further ado, Best Video of the Year. Sorry that Beyoncé was not available to present it.
Six-year-old Ethan, who has autism and serious talent, plays Piano Man. After seeing it Billy Joel said, “I think I like his intro better than mine. And this kid plays with a lot more energy than me. Maybe he could teach me a few things.”