{Toddler Teachings} Fun is good. – Dr. Seuss

September 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

Lovebug has discovered Yo Gabba Gabba!.

I’m not sure how or when or who’s bright idea it was to put it on…

Ok, ok… I admit it was me.

I needed a moment to think and to do something and even though I know the television is a horrible babysitter sometimes you do what you gotta do.

Lovebug had never really watched or seemed interested in any television shows so I figured it was safe and would maybe give me five minutes at the max to breathe.

As soon as she heard DJ Lance’s voice she was immediately drawn in.

She loved every song. She was clapping and shaking her little booty.

The “Dance” episode is her favorite.

It’s so much her favorite that she’s learned how to clap and sing one of the parts. She also knows that we can make it magically appear on the TV with the remote control.

She’ll come up to us and say “Dabba Dabba,” placing the remote in my hand. Well, she doesn’t really say it – her tone demands it almost.

If that doesn’t work she’ll plead, “Be-de-be-be-cwap-cwap” while tapping a rhythm on her legs, just like they do in that episode. And she’ll nudge the remote closer.

She has started to have full-on YGG meltdowns complete with sobbing.

“Dabba, Dabba,” she pleads in a tone that is so mournful and sad.

We can’t even say the words – Yo Gabba Gabba! – anymore. We have to call it YGG because if she’s not even thinking about it and hears the words she’ll take it as a suggestion.

On the one hand, sure it’s a little troubling that she’s so into it, on the other hand it’s really something that we (bigger folks) can take a lesson from.

Every time Lovebug watches the “Dance” episode, it’s as if she’s seeing it for the first time. Every time it makes her just as happy as it did the first time she watched it. She shrieks happy baby sounds and does the “jumping jellyfish” with the characters.

She knows “dancing’s easy, dancing’s fun, dancing’s here for everyone.”

She can watch it five times in a row with the same level of excitement. It doesn’t get old to her. Not because she doesn’t remember what happens in the episode because she does.

She knows the songs and the dance moves.

She sings to us, with her limited 21-month old vocabulary, the songs. She knows the cadence of the words, the melodies.

The older we get the more we’re exposed to new things. There is so much creation from new portable devices to blogs. There are so many new things to have, learn and to see that sometimes we forget to enjoy the old things.

The media is always telling us to get the next best thing. You have an iPhone 5, well in six months there will be in an iPhone 6 and it’ll be cooler and better than the phone you were so happy to get when you had it.

You need the latest most current everything, the media tells us. You need it.

We forget how we got goosebumps the first time we heard a song, read a line in a book, or that we shed tears the first time we saw a certain movie. We’re so busy moving onto the next thing that we may not even go back to appreciate the old thing again.

But for Lovebug, even though it’s the same ol’ Yo Gabba Gabba! video it still moves her because her mind isn’t thinking about the next or the newest.

Because mindfulness isn’t something she has to practice – it’s something she lives with every fiber of her being.

I challenge you to find a song that moved you the first time you heard it. That spoke to your soul but maybe you haven’t listened to it and maybe you’ve even forgotten about it until now.

I challenge you to listen to it and imagine that it’s the first time you’re hearing it. Listen to the nuances and allow it to touch your heart again.

It will because there was something there, something special that moved you the first time around. The magic isn’t lost just because it’s not new. Sometimes, it’s the age in things that makes them more special and that doesn’t just apply to wine.

If you don’t have a song then try a book, a movie… something you’ve loved the first time you saw/gheard/read it that you haven’t watched/read/listened to and do it again.

As if it were the first time.

Be fully present in the moment.

Sometimes I feel like my baby is my guru.

Watching her with even the littlest things gives me a new perspective. She is always reminding me to be fully present and enjoy what is right now. Through her, I am seeing so many things for the first time again.

What song moves you? Please share in the comments!

(The video below is one of mine.)

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