Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dandy the lion




Shall we start the week off with a dance?  Dandy has been enjoying having the drum machine in his room this weekend.  He has been urgently calling us in for impromptu dance parties off and on for the last two days.  

It's kind of funny because he's not really into loud music so when this song first kicked in he stiffened for the quickest moment and I thought we were in for a panic.  Then, as if the pause was for dramatic effect, he suddenly went into lounge dance mode.  That's my boy. If your caught off guard, always turn it into a comedic side step cha-cha-cha whenever possible.  

Meanwhile on the downbeat, the gip is having new sensory overload manifestations at school.  He is acting out in brand new ways that are both mysterious and depressing to his parents. I've been up there "helping in the classroom" and lurking in the hallways- sneaking peaks at him here and there at the requests of the teachers.  My plan has been to seem like I'm EVERYWHERE and know EVERYTHING he is doing or not doing at school so that he remembers how to behave.  The teachers and staff, much to their credit, have been bringing in all the help they can to try and make his first year a success.  Why, he even has his own personal assistant with him full time.  Is this special needs or a mastermind in his earliest stages of manipulation training for new subordinates?  Sometimes we aren't quite sure to be truthful!  So far the work has not been a problem for him as we suspected, but the behaving? 
 OH BEHAVE!

I have another meeting in the morning to get some more services set up (complete with the usual healthy heaping of paperwork don'tcha know-wheee!).  Otherwise, we are just trying to educate ourselves in the various possible issues going on while being as consistent with rewards and consequences as possible to keep Dandy going in the right direction.  I have yet to find the manual on this kid!  He is uniquely and wonderfully made to say the least!  Now, if we can just keep him from turning into the next Dr. Evil, we'll eventually save the planet, or at the very least, one small town's school system along the way. 

(cue: music)
Dramatic pause........................................AND, Side step- cha cha cha. Front step-cha cha cha. Side step-cha cha cha. Back step-cha cha cha.......

12 comments:

Jenna Jean said...

Shannon, I love that video!!!! Dandy is super cute. Maybe you should bring the drum set thing to school and when he needs a cool down time he can just dance his worries away!

AfricaBleu said...

Bahahaa. I love the way he stops when the music stops, and then kicks it right back into gear. Myboy had to watch it about a thousand times, doing his deep-belly chuckle every time. He thinks Dandy is dandy.

Anonymous said...

Keep trying everything until something works. God gave Dandy you as his mommy. God knows what He is doing.
Charlie

Deanna Davis said...

Very very cute! and good for showing the future dates, as well, so...i love how well kids can just DANCE, without worrying how it looks or who is watching. if we were only as carefree *sigh* good luck with school - you're doing a great job! let's just hope the school system does the same...

dive said...

Yay! What an excellent video, Shan!
He looks - and sounds - so cool. It is lovely to see someone simply dancing for the pure joy of it.

Lynette said...

I'm proud of you... You know why...

Jamey Clayberg said...

Ha ha, rockin the house. I think he's getting his moves from me... "let one arm hang behind you, now hop, now growl, good."

Maria said...

I really smiled at the video. Dandy and I look exactly alike when we dance..we would make inspired partners!

And I really laughed at the "keep dancing" remark. I heard it and thought, "Wow, he is wonderfully obedient.." until I heard that you actually wanted HIM to say that...

What a beautiful little boy...

sarah cool said...

1. Hysterical.
2. You're pretty awesome.

Arl said...

Oh Shan this is classic!! I love Dandy in this video. Does he like the video of himself? He is a star. I hope school is getting better. I had a dream about him and school the other night. You guys must be on my mind more than usual. Hang in there and it will get better. He is a good kid and it will all work out, hopefully before someone looses an eye. :)

MmeBenaut said...

What a great Mama you are. Dandy is soooo cute!!

It was lovely to hear your voice too, if only briefly Shan. "Keep dancin" is a phrase I'm going to remember forever!

Tab said...

I just loved this with all of my heart :) I want to hear the story of how this great kid came into your life, SOON! So precious, the both of yas!