This Valentine’s Day at Neighborhood House, our adult clients participated in a heart-warming dance that I can’t help but share. In the early morning everyone at Riverside adult day center bundled up and sleepily piled into vans headed to our center in Cottonwood Heights. After a brief mingling period, where the two centers caught up and re-acquainted, the dancing began.
That day cupid lifted the burden of father time. For a time legs and minds took on lost forms as the room filled with jubilant energy. It was a pleasure to watch swinging limbs and shaking bodies succumb to the beat of the music and sway with a rare ecstasy.
At the end of the day a king and queen were crowned, a designation which may as well have been neglected as not a soul in the room didn’t shine with a regal glow. And although cupid gradually laid back the burden of father time to bear on the shoulder of our clients, there is value in those transcendent moments, like Neighborhood House clients shared this Valentine’s Day, when we break through and express our humanity in the fullest sense.
On a more formal note, we can’t express enough our gratitude to the Chris Hough Band for their willingness to grace us with their music and Heart & Soul, the non-profit responsible for bringing the gift of free musical performances to senior centers, hospitals, centers for children with disabilities, psychiatric facilities, domestic abuse shelters, and prisons. We have worked with Heart & Soul a number of times. The mission of Heart & Soul as well as the artists who they work with to bring the healing power of music to those in need is truly inspiring. Thank you, thank you, and again, thank you.