When I think of Benny, a few songs come to mind. Among his favorite are the Wheels on the Bus, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, the Hot Dog Dance and Roar by Katy Perry. Quite eclectic for a 17 month old.
Darcy and I would sing the Nursery Rhymes to Benny in bed every morning. We would do all of the hand gestures and he would watch fascinated. I’m pretty sure Itsy was his favorite because he was mimicking the hand motions at a young age.
We spent a lot of time in the car together. He ran errands with me, it was a 20 minute ride to Sandy’s house 3 days a week and then we still had to grab Darcy. He spent a lot of time in the car with me and his sister. We always had the radio on and would sing along at the top of our lungs. The first song that he mimicked from the radio was Roar. Not my favorite song, but it is about strength and overcoming one’s obstacles. How fitting that he should chose this song.
‘I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar’
Benny, like his sister before him enjoyed watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I don’t know how much he enjoyed watching the show as much as joining in the Hot Dog Dance at the End. He and Darcy would do it at home or he and the kiddos at Sandy’s (Sandy included) would Hot Dog dance around. At the end of his memorial service, we invited the kids to Hot Dog dance up on the altar for Benny. I miss hearing this song, this one’s for you kiddo…