Recently Rita and I attended a going-away party for one of the workers we worked closely with at the Vanguard seniors home – who is moving on to another job. Workers, volunteers, and residents gathered together in the 2nd floor activity area.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that the party organizers had hired a live country and western music duo to provide some entertainment. Three speakers made individual presentations; and there were treats of cake and ice cream sundays for all.
The music was played by two older gentlemen. One played an electric guitar and the other an electric fiddle.
The music got a little lively and some of the crowd started to dance. It was nice to see normally docile residents ‘come alive’. They were smiling, laughing, clapping, singing, and some danced. Everyone in the room connected to the universal language of music and the rhythm. Many of the older dancers were light on their feet and were able to kept step with the music.
Three young Vanguard College student volunteers got caught up in the mix. The difference between the smooth, graceful older dancers and the young self-conscious dancers was noticeable.
I caught a number of the older dancers and audience members chucking and grinning to themselves. It wasn’t hard to perceive their thoughts;
“We’ve Got Rhythm!”