Babysitting Bridget

The Music Addition




Written by: Ellie

 Bridget, Cathy and I were on my front doorstep a few weekends ago, and Bridget was excited. I didn’t actually realize why until Cathy said the word “piano”. Immediately, Bridget began clapping and repeating “piano, piano!” The door opened, she reached towards the bench, and we could not put her down fast enough! She immediately picked out two or three keys to stroke repeatedly. Luckily with Bridget concentrating on her music, there was no trouble with mom leaving.

  The music she plays, although it is without substance, is amazing to me. It was as if while in her concentrated state, her brain just opened, using both hemispheres together. When she would take a break, I would point to a letter in the word Yamaha, inscribed on the piano, and she could tell me which letter it was. So, I would point to the Y and Bridget would say, “Y is for yak”. I was astonished at her sudden ability to spell. I believe that the music she enjoys, awakens her cognitive abilities and brings her other knowledge to the top of mind. All I know is she is a smart cookie, and that is for sure!

We eventually moved upstairs to what I am convinced is one of her favorite places on the planet—my thirteen-year-old sister Lucy’s room. It has something to do with the bounciness of Lucy’s bed. When we set Bridget up there, she immediately sits on her knees and bounces, and bounces, and bounces. And, when the iPod is blasting Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA”, she laughs and smiles and sings. Trust me, we have done this enough times to where she now knows every single word to the song. And the singing, well she will sing that song to her heart’s content. I don’t know how she does it, the bouncing, singing, laughing and smiling all at once. I’ve tried, and let’s just say after about the fourth bounce, I wasn’t feeling so great.

Despite her apparent disabilities, there is more to Bridget that many people don’t see. Unless she is truly comfortable, we often don’t see how brilliant she really is. And it’s funny that music, such a common pastime for us, can be a vehicle used to show how much she really knows. It is truly a beautiful thing!



Published by Life Without Limits: UCP of Orange County

The mission of UCP of Orange County is to help children with disabilities reach their full potential and improve the quality of life for their families.

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  1. Great post! I am glad you bring attention to how happy kids can be with disabilities, even with all the struggles they may go through on a daily basis–there is still always something to smile and laugh, and dance about. 🙂

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