Sooo my son has this shirt. . . .
If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably heard about this T-shirt. Ever since we bought it at Dillards, almost a year ago, Jacob has worn it at least once a week. Sometimes I have to forbid it from being worn because I don’t want his teacher to think he’s some poor urchin child with only a handful of clothes. What’s so special about it? Well, it has a picture of a boom box on it. No, I dont mean a radio, I mean a classic 1986 boom box complete with cassette player, large tuner buttons and huge speakers. When he wears it, he pretends to play it.
Jakie is a noise maker. Both children are, really. He sings, hums, does a spot-on imitation of an air gun and….well, beat boxes. When he first started making all the “pops” “hisses” and other “mouth-noises” with the shirt, I’m not sure I realized “exactly” what he was doing. To me it was white noise, sounds that fill my home constantly. Then one day he did a little one-man show for me complete with Michael Jackson song and a few “Thriller” moves thrown in for good measure. He was great!! I was floored, and relieved that he failed to include the MJ signature move, the crotch crab.
I realize beat-boxing hit its peak in the late 80’s and I don’t expect it to make a comeback. I’m aware that he probably will not be able to use this skill on a Harvard application, still, it was an important reminder to me that I need to pay more attention. As parents we can get so caught up in the day to day dinner-making, house cleaning and homework-wrangling that we forget to “really” look at our kids and appreciate the teeny details.
Evidently I’m not skilled enough to embed this YouTube video in to this post *rolls eyes* but if you have a little over a minute, go take a look and YES, he’s doing all the noises in this video. I hope it makes you smile.